HARAHAN, La. (WGNO) — The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders suspended their search for a 55-year-old man who went missing in Harahan on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The search was suspended at 7:07 p.m.

Officials said rescue crews searched more than 20 miles downriver for 10 hours.

Sector New Orleans enforcement division chief, Lieutenant Commander Ben Walsh, released an official statement on the search, saying, “The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is never an easy one to make. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time.”


HARAHAN, La. (WGNO) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 55-year-old man who went missing in Harahan on Saturday, Oct. 14.

According to reports from the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, watchstanders received a call at 3 a.m. regarding Darrel Roberson, who went missing while working on a barge.

Officials say they located a life jacket on the barge.

Roberson was working on a barge in the Lower Mississippi River near the Huey P. Long Bridge.

The Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew are on the scene. 

The nephew of Roberson tells WGNO that he went missing yesterday night and believes that he fell into the river.

Anyone with information that may assist search efforts should contact Sector New Orleans at (504)-365-2209.

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