MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It's been more than two days since a BAE employee plunged into the Mobile River after the Carnival Triumph broke loose at BAE Shipyard Systems.
Search crews have been combing the area but still haven't found 64-year-old John Johnson.
Since before 2 p.m. Wednesday April 3, search and rescue crews compiled of several agencies, have been working the area around the accident.
High winds are believed to be the beginning of a series of unfortunate events at BAE Shipyard Systems.
The winds left a cruise ship adrift and two BAE employees in the water.
Lt. Mike Clausen with Coast Guard Sector Mobile said the Carnival Triumph broke loose from its moorings starting a chain reaction.
"The pier did collapse, 40 feet of the pier collapsed into the water, and they believe that's where the two people entered the water," said Clausen.
One of those men was rescued and officials said suffered mild hypothermia. He has since been released from the hospital.
The search was on for Johnson, also known as "Buster."
In the meantime, Johnson's family waits in uncertainty.
"I want them to find him and give him back to us so we can do what we have to do," said Johnson's wife Bernadette.
The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday, but the Mobile County Sheriff's Office flotilla, Daphne Search and Rescue and North Baldwin Search and Rescue has remained in the water using sidescan and tow fish sonar.
"Your sidescan, that's just very strong, like a fish finder. It scans out both sides of the vessel, but it's mounted on the vessel, the actual probe is mounted on the vessel and it scans both sides. The tow fish is actually the one that goes out on cable. We can adjust its depth and pull it out behind the vessel to get less disturbance, and also get a better death for imaging," said Captain James Howard with Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla.
On the Triumph, no one was injured on board.
The Triumph slammed into the Dredge Wheeler when it broke loose and caused only minimal damage.
Carnival said the Triumph has limited damage.
Carnival released a statement Thursday stating the mooring lines were used properly, it was the four bollards the mooring lines were tied to that broke apart.
The ship is being repaired and no word on how long it will remain at the Alabama Cruise Terminal.
As reported Wednesday, due to unexpectedly strong winds that reached speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour during a severe storm in Mobile, Ala., Carnival Triumph, which was in wet dock at a Mobile shipyard, broke away from its moorings. According to meteorological experts, the excessive winds were produced by a phenomenon known as a gravity wave, which is difficult to predict and typically does not produce winds of the level of severity experienced Wednesday.
The ship remains docked at the Mobile Cruise Terminal and repairs are continuing. At this time it has not yet been determined how long the ship will remain at the cruise terminal.
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