3 children missing in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS – Divers from the New Orleans Police Department, St. Charles Parish, St. Tammany Parish, and southeastern Louisiana continue their underwater search and recovery search for three children who fell in the Mississippi River on Saturday.
The Coast Guard made the “difficult decision” to suspend their efforts late Sunday night after searching 93 miles of the river over 55 hours to no avail.
The suspension came about 24 hours after the kids — siblings Ally Wilson, 8, and Brandi Wilson, 14; And their 15-year-old friend – they were last seen playing along the river in New Orleans.
One of the girls fell into the water, prompting the other two to try to save her. Onlookers suspected that the strong current of the river had taken them away.
The family of the missing 15-year-old boy has asked the media not to reveal his name until they feel they are ready.
“The decision to suspend any search and rescue situation is never easy, but given the extensive search efforts of our Coast Guard men and women, in collaboration with other response agencies.
I have made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for the three children,” Coast Guard Sector Commander Captain Kelly Denning told sister station WDSU in a statement Sunday evening.
“Our prayers are with the families at this difficult time.”
Before the search was suspended, relatives Brandi and Allie Wilson spent Sunday afternoon huddled along a levee near the Coast Guard staging area. Nebraska wildfires Ex-fire chief dead, 15 firefighters injured
“I need my children,” mother Octavia Wilson told reporters. “I need them. I need them more than anything else. They are my reason for living. I need my children. I need them.”
The family hoped to continue their mission, even if only to retrieve the bodies of minors.