Search underway for deckhand who fell off boat into Mississippi River

He reportedly fell off the vessel around 3:50 a.m. Saturday.

Search underway for deckhand who fell off boat into Mississippi River

VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) - Monday was day three of a search that’s underway for a Vicksburg man who reportedly fell off a boat and into the Mississippi River Saturday.

A search and recovery operation is underway in the Mississippi River, near St. Joseph, LA, for the missing man, Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey A. Jones said.

25-year-old Timothy Hearn was working as a deck hand at the time of the accident.

Search underway for Vicksburg man who fell overboard; Source: Facebook
Search underway for Vicksburg man who fell overboard; Source: Facebook (Source: Search underway for Vicksburg man who fell overboard; Facebook)
Search underway for Vicksburg man who fell overboard; Source: Facebook
Search underway for Vicksburg man who fell overboard; Source: Facebook (Source: Search underway for Vicksburg man who fell overboard; Facebook)

Family members of Hearn continue to wait and pray on the banks of the Mississippi River at St. Joseph, Louisiana.

Sheriff Jones said Hearn reportedly fell off the vessel around 3:50 a.m. Saturday.

His mother, Carmen Hearn, said they were only told her son reportedly fell into the river.

She is asking for prayers and added that Riverside Construction Company, owner of the tugboat, has been searching relentlessly.

“There’s still some people we’re going to talk to, but the initial information is that he slipped and fell in the river early Saturday morning,” said Jones.

Officials reported that Hearn is the father of a six-month-old. His mother said he is the eldest of three children.

“We’ve had up to six to eight boats in the river at one time, so it’s pretty extensive right now,” the sheriff added.

The Riverside Construction tugboat has remained moored at St. Joseph, Louisiana during the search.

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