Rescue squads search for missing man in Mississippi River

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Several Mississippi County emergency responders searched the Mississippi River Tuesday with hopes of finding a missing man.

"The Sheriff's Department as well as the Blytheville Rescue Squad, Pafford EMS, and the U.S. Coast Guard all responded to the scene," said Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook. "Later, this morning they were joined by a dive team from Paducah, Kentucky to search underneath the tugboats to make sure the person wasn't there."

Cook said the agencies did not find anything before the 2 tugboats were moved.

Cook said his department received a call early Tuesday morning reporting a man fell in between 2 tugboats in the Mississippi River near Osceola.

Right now, there's not much evidence supporting that claim.

"There's no blood, there's no scuff marks or anything that indicated someone fell in there," Cook said. "Right now, we are taking that witness's statement as it is true but we are still considering that person as missing."

County agencies continued the search into Tuesday afternoon.

"Right now, they've thoroughly searched the area along with our boat from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and several boats from Blytheville Emergency Rescue Squad and the U.S. Coast Guard and they haven't located anyone yet," Cook said. "Right now, we're considering this a missing person case and the investigation is ongoing."

Cook said the missing man is an employee of Mid River Terminal.

His name has not been released yet, pending notification of his family.

Cook said the search for the missing man will continue, but search efforts could hit a snag.

"The water temperature is about 45 degrees so it could be several days or weeks before someone that may be submerged would come to the surface," Cook said.

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