MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Several agencies are now involved with the search for 64-year-old John "Buster" Johnson.
Johnson, a BAE employee was knocked into the river, on Wednesday, April 3, after the pier he was on collapsed.
On Tuesday, April 9, FOX10 News spoke to Coast Guard officials to get an update on the search.
U.S. Coast Guard officials said it will take the lead role into the investigation and search for the missing BAE employee, until he is found.
Officials from OSHA, the NTSB, and the Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla are also involved with the search and investigation.
The Coast Guard's investigation is focused on the mooring bollards which the Triumph was secured to with rope. Bollards are short vertical iron post, shaped like a mushroom. Ships use them to secure ropes for towing, mooring and other purposes.
"The investigation is still underway, but it is clear that the actual bollards were removed from the pier due to the high winds, so it appears that the cruise ship was not rigged for heavy weather, the unexpected heavy weather thus putting undue stress on the current moorings," said USCG Ensign Bradley Parker.
Ensign Parker said the mooring bollards to which the Triumph was tied were ripped from their concrete base.
The Coast Guard believes that the cruise ship struck the pier, tossing the guard shack into the Mobile River, as the ship drifted onto the waterway.
"We believe that the two are related that the cruise ship did collide with the pier and cause it to collapse, however it's still under investigation so we can't say one way or the other," said Parker.
Parker said BAE had several mooring bollards replaced last year, but, he said the Coast Guard believes that the bollards that failed had not yet been replaced.
Divers continued searching the water today for John Johnson.
"Basically, what we do is make sure no traffic comes up in that area. The Mobile River is certainly passable. There's not any hindrance to traffic there by any means. It's just to make sure no one comes up into that cut sightseeing because we have divers down, USCG Auxiliary Commander Larry Jensen.
Jensen is a volunteer for the Coast Guard and commander for the flotilla.
He said the divers are searching an area of water on BAE property where the Triumph was being repaired.
"I did see some debris removed from the water. I'm not positive exactly what that debris was they pulled it up with a crane and dropped it shore side," said Jensen.
Workers continue to repair the Triumph. One electrical worker told us that he is helping reconnect power. He said Carnival plans to take the ship to the Bahamas where repair work will continue.
Wednesday will be one week since the Triumph broke free from its moorings and two BAE employees were thrown into Mobile River, and the search continues for "Buster" Johnson.
The trial for Giuseppe Pino LoPorto continues today in Baldwin County. LoPorto, now 80-years-old, faces several sex abuse charges against a child dating back to the early 90s.
FOX10 News has learned William "Eddie" Patrick, captain of Mobile's First police precinct, has been demoted following an internal investigation.
Pastor of Lifeway Community Church Mike McPherson says thieves stole presents that would have been given to needy children.
A man who bought a bicycle three weeks ago finds out it was originally stolen, according to the original owner who reported it missing in October.
If you were in the Foley area Thursday, you may have seen a helicopter, police and K-9 units. That’s because a store in Foley was robbed this morning at gunpoint. Eventually, the search was called off. The suspect is still on the loose.
Skies are mostly clear and the breezy north wind is very noticeable this evening. Daytime highs were only in the mid 50’s today. We are expecting a light freeze tonight along and north of I-10. Lows will be near 32 degrees in Mobile. Upper 20’s are possible well inland.