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One crew member still missing after Louisiana tug sinking

A Good Samaritan vessel rescued three people after their tug boat sank off the coast of Louisiana early in the morning on Memorial Day. The Coast Guard and others are still looking for one crew member of the tug vessel Crosby Commander who did not abandon ship onto a life raft along with the others.

Multiple Coast Guard vessel and aircraft crews, as well as several Good Samaritan crews, were still searching for the missing person as of Monday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard report. The tug sank about 30 nautical miles south of Marsh Island, an uninhabited island off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The tug boat crew contacted the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans around 5 a.m., reporting that the tug had started to take on water.

Three of the four crew members made it safely onto their vessel’s life raft and were then picked up by a Good Samaritan boat, the M/V Andi Nicole. According to the Coast Guard, these crew members appear to be uninjured.

On Monday, two Coast Guard air crews and three Coast Guard cutters continued to search for the missing person. They were assisted by numerous Good Samaritan crews: four motor vessels, two tug vessels and a commercial helicopter. As we have discussed on our blog before, Good Samaritan vessels often play essential roles in responding to an accident, especially in remote waters.

The Coast Guard has begun investigating what caused the vessel to sink. We will follow the incident as more information becomes available.

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