One dead, another missing as skiff carrying tug crew sinks 

One dead, another missing as skiff carrying tug crew sinks 

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One person has died and another is missing after a skiff carrying crew members from an American tug capsized in Port Allen Route near Belle River, Louisiana on Monday. 

The U.S. Coast Guard said watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 9:50 p.m., Monday, that a 14-foot skiff carrying four crew members from the ITV Melvin L. King struck a towing vessel and all four people entered the water at mile marker 41.

Two people were rescued on the bank of Port Allen Route. One body was recovered by the Iberville Sherriff Office. One crewmember is still missing.

The Port Allen Route is closed from mile marker 41 to mile Marker 55.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.