Coast Guard ends search for 2 men in MS River - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Coast Guard ends search for 2 men in MS River

HICKMAN, AR (KAIT/AP) -The Coast Guard has called off its search for two men who fell into the Mississippi River after a barge overturned and sank earlier this week in northeast Arkansas.

Capt. William Drelling said Thursday that authorities have suspended their search for the men - Juan Nieves and Nicolas Perez - who have been missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Both men fell into the water while the barge was being unloaded near Blytheville at the Kinder Morgan terminal. The Coast Guard says the barge lifted to its right and sank, but why it did so wasn't known.

Kinder Morgan says the men worked for the company through a staffing agency. It says the barge was owned by GATX Corp., leased by Cooper Marine & Timberlands Corp. and operated by American Commercial Lines.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Bill Colclough says the barge was carrying about 700,000 pounds of steel coil and was unloading at an energy company's terminal when it overturned Tuesday.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley said Kinder Morgan does not own or operate the barge. The company says it will investigate how the incident happened.

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman says a third person was reported on the barge, but escaped to safety before the commercial vessel sank.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Arrest made in robbery case

    Arrest made in robbery case

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:15 PM EST2018-02-18 21:15:41 GMT
    (Source: Dexter Police Department/Facebook)(Source: Dexter Police Department/Facebook)

    A Southeast Missouri man was in custody Sunday after his arrest in connection with a robbery of a convenience store. 

    A Southeast Missouri man was in custody Sunday after his arrest in connection with a robbery of a convenience store. 

  • breaking

    Man dies in house fire in Blytheville

    Man dies in house fire in Blytheville

    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:53 PM EST2018-02-18 20:53:12 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:02 PM EST2018-02-18 21:02:16 GMT

    A 60-year-old man died early Sunday in a house fire as authorities in Blytheville attempt to find out the cause of the fire. 

    A 60-year-old man died early Sunday in a house fire as authorities in Blytheville attempt to find out the cause of the fire. 

  • Man arrested in connection with Dexter robbery

    Man arrested in connection with Dexter robbery

    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:58 PM EST2018-02-18 20:58:39 GMT
    (Source: Dexter Police Department)(Source: Dexter Police Department)

    The Dexter Police Department is looking for a suspect in a robbery investigation. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, February 14, at around 10:42 p.m. at Break Time Convenience Store. The unknown man fled the scene on foot with an unknown amount of cash. The surveillance pictures show the suspect in the store and outside. Anyone with any information about this individual is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Cory Mills at 573-624-5512. Download the KFVS News app: ...

    The Dexter Police Department is looking for a suspect in a robbery investigation. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, February 14, at around 10:42 p.m. at Break Time Convenience Store. The unknown man fled the scene on foot with an unknown amount of cash. The surveillance pictures show the suspect in the store and outside. Anyone with any information about this individual is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Cory Mills at 573-624-5512. Download the KFVS News app: ...

Powered by Frankly