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Man Missing After Barge Capsizes In Christina River In Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del., (CBS) -- The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a missing man in the Christina River near the Port of Wilmington after a crane barge capsized Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard has identified the man as 25-year-old Emanuel Gatling.

According to the Coast Guard, an employee from Norfolk Dredging Company contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center watchstanders around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to report Gatling missing in the water.

Christina River Search
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The Coast Guard says the employee reported three crewmembers fell into the water after a crane barge capsized. The barge was attached to the dredge Essex.

The Coast Guard says two of the men resurfaced from the water while Gatling remains missing.

Sector watchstanders dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia. Local fireboat crews are also searching for Gatling.

The Coast Guard says Gatling was reportedly wearing an orange float coat.

Around 11:15 p.m., the Wilmington Fire Chief said based on the wreckage and water conditions dive operations have been suspended until further evaluation can be done at daybreak.  He says crews will continue to conduct surface searches throughout the night.


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