Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters in MS River

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) –

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other agencies, is working to rescue people after a tugboat sank in the Mississippi River.

Rescue crews are set up a command post at the Mud Island Amphitheater Boat Ramp

SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said the pilot and a crew member are missing. The tugboat sank about three miles from Mud Island.

“The Mississippi River is not safe under any condition. The good thing is there’s a light breeze, there’s no waves out there, that makes it easier to see anything on the water, but time is of the essence. The faster we can find these folks the better off they’re going to be,” Farrell said.

There are very few details available about who the missing boaters are.

WMC Action News 5 will provide more information as it becomes available.

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