3 children missing after plunging into Mississippi River, Coast Guard says
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Three children remain missing Sunday (April 24) after plunging into the Mississippi River late Saturday night, the US Coast Guard said.
The juveniles -- a 15-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl -- were reported entering the water sometime around 7:15 p.m. near the Crescent City Connection bridge, which connects the east and west banks of New Orleans.
It was not immediately clear why the children entered the river.
A Coast Guard spokesman said as of 2 p.m. Sunday, none of the children had been found and search operations were continuing in hopes a rescue still could be made.
The Coast Guard asked New Orleans’ Regional Transit Authority to suspend service of the Algiers-Canal Street ferry to enable its vessels to search the area unimpeded. The rescue crews dispatched to the area included a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the Coast Guard cutter Sawfish, and three other boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New Orleans and the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, officials said.
The New Orleans Fire Department and New Orleans police also joined in the search, which continued overnight into early Sunday morning.
This developing story will be updated as additional information is received.
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