The 22 meter long towboat Natalie Jean capsized and sank on the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana. The Natalie Jean was pushing a barge when it lost stability while making a turn in the river. The towboat suddenly capsized spilling the crew member in the pilothouse into the river. The nearby towboat Earl Gosling rescued the crew man from the water. A short time later the Natalie Jean rolled over and sank.
Reports state two other crew members of the Natalie Jean were reported as missing. The Coast Guard along with local authorities launched a search and rescue operation for the missing crew.
Traffic on the Mississippi River was halted around the area where the Natalie Jean sank. Reports state the towboat had some 600 gallons of diesel fuel on board when it sank. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On May 30, the 14 meter long tugboat Crosby Commander sank in the Gulf of Mexico near Marsh Island, Louisiana. The tug was struck by severe weather during the early morning hours. The high winds and large waves from the storm quickly overwhelmed the tugboat. The vessel suffered water ingress and began to sink. Just before the Crosby Commander sank, 3 of the 4 crew on board scrambled into the vessel’s life raft. A nearby vessel rescued the three crewmen who were reported to be in good shape.
The fourth crewman was reported as missing. The Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation to find the missing man. The Coast Guard has also launched an investigation into the incident.