NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard halted their search operation for three missing kids on Sunday near the state’s Crescent City Connection Bridge, reports said.
The three kids who went missing on Saturday were last seen the same day entering the water before sunset the same day. They have been identified as, an 8-year-old girl, 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy.
“The decision to suspend any search and rescue case is never easy but considering the extensive search efforts of our Coast Guard men and women, in conjunction with other response agencies, I’ve made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for the three children,” said Coast Guard Sector New Orleans commander, Capt. Kelly Denning in a statement. “Our prayers are with the families during this difficult time.”
Later, when the Coast Guard started looking for the kids after the sunset, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority halted its Algiers-Canal Street ferry service, expecting to clear the area, WDSU-TV reported. The service remained halted till Sunday morning.
New Orleans fire and police department along with rescue teams combed the entire area to 93 miles (almost 145 kilo meters) along the Mississippi River for a total of 55 hours.
“The Coast Guard might want to get an underwater drone to find the missing kids: @personalperspective Coast Guard searching for 3 missing children in Mississippi River in New Orleans,” early reports after the incident stated.
On Sunday right before suspending the search, WBRC FOX6 Tweeted, “The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for three missing minors, last seen in the water near the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans.”