The United States Coast Guard has suspended the search for four crewmembers that went missing from a bulk carrier vessel on the Mississippi River.
According to officials, the men were reported missing from the Meghna Adventure vessel around 11:00 p.m. Monday night after they did not report for a standard safety drill.
“The decision to suspend a search is one that is taken with great care,” the Coast Guard wrote in a statement. “The Coast Guard suspended active search efforts after the probable search area was saturated with multiple assets and resources. The search efforts also included multiple agencies conducting shoreline searches as well, however, we were unable to locate the missing individuals.”
So far, approximately 500 square miles near Belle Chasse, Louisiana have been searched by the Coast Guard over a 12-hour period.
The crewmembers are said to all be of Bangladeshi nationality and are believed to be 25, 29, 30, and 47 years of age. No names have been released at this time.