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United States Coast Guard
News Release
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Update: Coast Guard suspends search for three people near Memphis

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has suspended its search three people on the Lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., Thursday.

Coast Guard crews and local agencies searched approximately 507 square miles for 35 hours with negative results for the unconfirmed people in the water.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a MAYDAY broadcast at 7:04 p.m. Tuesday stating three people aboard a jon boat hit a submerged object and began taking on water near mile marker 774 on the Lower Mississippi River.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew

  • Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew

  • Tipton County Sheriff’s Office marine unit

  • Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office marine unit

  • Blytheville Emergency marine unit

  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office patrol unit

  • Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office marine unit

  • Memphis Police Department helicopter

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