MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Rescuers are desperately searching for two men in the Mississippi River after the tugboat they were on sank.
First responders told FOX13 they are hoping to find the men before the temperature drops. They raced south of Mud Island to the area they said the boat sank and two men were not accounted for.
The boat sank about three miles south of Mud Island.
Their search efforts are near the old 55 bridge and President’s Island.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Earle Farrell told FOX13 the sheriff’s office is assisting the coast guard in the search for the men.
Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are in on the search as well.
Rescuers said with temperatures as cold as they are, every second counts in order of finding them alive.
“Possibility they could have swam to shore and gotten out. We just have not located them yet,” Farrell said.
A family member of one of the men believed to be missing spoke with us briefly about his family member.
He said one of the men is his first cousin and worked for a company on President’s Island.
While the search for the men continues, investigators are working to learn the cause of the boat sinking.
“There is no weather. We don’t know what happened,” Farrell said.
At this time, they are still calling this a search and rescue mission.
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