Two People Missing After Tug Sinks on Mississippi River Near Memphis

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MV Ricky Robinson. File photo: TugboatGallery.com/Stan Johnson

Update: The Coast Guard suspended their search for two people whose vessel sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River and local agency assets searched approximately 29 hours and 324 nautical miles of river.

Friday, December 8 – The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for two people after their vessel sank at mile marker 733 on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee on Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification of a mayday broadcast at 11:42 a.m. of the 66-foot pusher tug Ricky Robinson sinking with two people aboard.

The uninspected towing vessel is owned by Memphis-based Wepfer Marine Inc.

Participating in the search are 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from sector Lower Mississippi River, the Memphis Police Department, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The Coast Guard is urging anyone with information to contact Sector Lower Mississippi River