U.S. calls off search for missing crew member


The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday suspended its search for the missing crew member of the Crosby Commander tugboat, which sank Monday in the Gulf of Mexico off Marsh Island, Lousiana.

The Coast Guard said the search covered 3,753 square nautical miles and lasted approximately 98 hours before it was suspended.

As we reported previously, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report Monday at approximately 5:00 a.m. of the Crosby Commander taking on water with four people aboard. Three of the four people were able to evacuate to a life raft before the vessel sank. One crew member remained missing.

The survivors were rescued by the motor vessel Andi Nicole and reported in good condition.

The 85-foot Crosby Commander was built in 1978 and belongs to Crosby Tugs, LLC, headquartered in Galliano, Louisiana.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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