MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -
Although the Coast Guard has called off their part of the search for missing BAE Systems employee John "Buster" Johnson, local agencies continue to conduct their recovery efforts.
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office told FOX10 it is involved with collecting data for the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph's brief jaunt down the Mobile River.
"The pier did collapse, 40ft of the pier collapsed into the water and they believe that's where the two people entered the water," said Lt. Mike Clausen.
Clausen with Coast Guard Sector Mobile said the pier collapsed shortly after the Carnival Triumph broke free from its moorings. Clausen said there are conflicting eye-witness reports but said one of the men was in the guard shack at the end of the pier on BAE's property, and the other was close by. Clausen said there are other agencies involved in this investigation as well.
"NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, and OSHA, to determine if there are any violations of that. We're working with a multitude of agencies but right now the Coast Guard is in control of this investigation," Clausen said.
Clausen said the investigating officers are talking with anyone who saw what happened.
"There are quite a few witnesses at the shipyard who were workers who knew the individual and some of their statements are conflicting. Different times, different scenarios," said Clausen.
Clausen said the Coast Guard has halted its search, but the sheriff's office has divers still out.
"It's determined that the most probably location he could be is with the dock rubble so that's why the search efforts with the sheriff's office are concentrating on dive efforts," said Clausen.
Clausen said tests are being run to figure out why the ship broke free.
Clausen did confirm it was an Army Corps of Engineers vessel that the triumph hit, after it broke free.
The data could be turned over to the Mobile Police Department or U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is the lead in the investigation into the incident.
Officials said the Triumph came loose from its moorings Wednesday, April 3 around 1:30 p.m. Around 1:45 p.m., it was reported two men who were in a guard shack on BAE's property had been knocked into the Mobile River.
One was rescued and taken to a local hospital to be treated for mild hypothermia. Johnson is still missing.
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