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Search continues for missing towboat crew member on Mississippi River

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for a missing boater on the Mississippi River.  He was thrown from a towboat that sank Sunday night around 6:30.

According to St. Louis Fire Department officials, it happened when a towboat belonging to Osage Marine Services collided with a barge.  Two crew members were rescued by another towboat, uninjured. But the third crew member is still missing.

On Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers’ sonar-equipped boat located the sunken towboat about 10 feet underwater, just north of the River City Casino.  Still, there’s no sign of the missing boater.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the missing person search has expanded south, to Chester, Ill.  There are concerns about the fast current and amount of debris in the river.

Because of the sunken towboat, the Coast Guard has issued a navigation warning, urging boaters to use caution through the area.​