Miss. River closed during search for sunken tug

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard has shut down Mississippi River traffic in southeastern Louisiana while searching for a sunken tugboat.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Carlos Vega said Sunday that the closure was blocking passage for 24 southbound and 25 northbound vessels.

The Coast Guard rescued two people aboard the 48-foot tug C-Pec, which sank Saturday afternoon. Officials don’t yet know why the tug sank. Traffic was shut down from the mouth of the river to near mile marker 10. It was to remain closed until authorities could locate the tug and determine whether it was a navigation hazard.

Carnival Cruise Lines diverted its ship the Conquest from New Orleans to Mobile, Ala., and was making contingency plans in case another ship, the Elation, was unable to reach New Orleans on Sunday night.

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