St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Mon October 14, 2002

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Boy

Grafton, IL – Searchers have found no trace of a 15-year old St. Louis area boy lost Saturday in a Mississippi River collision.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it likely will suspend the effort after two days of looking. The teenager was on a cabin cruiser that collided with a tug boat on the Mississippi River.

The pleasure boat is registered to an owner-operator from Syracuse, New York. It had mechanical problems and collided with the tug near Grafton, Illinois. The tug was pushing 16 empty barges at the time.

Five other people on the cabin cruiser were pulled to safety and taken to hospitals. Two of the people on the boat are from Syracuse. The boy and the other three are from the St. Louis area.