Search under way for 3 boaters on Mississippi River

(AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Coast Guard says several agencies are searching for three boaters on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Coast Guard says officials received a mayday broadcast Tuesday night. The broadcast said a jon boat hit a submerged object and began taking on water near mile marker 744, about 20 miles north of Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Giles says the three people aboard the 16-foot boat were wearing life jackets.

Giles says crews were searching the area Wednesday by boat and air. Identities of the missing boaters have not been released.

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