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Search called off for men missing from overturned barge

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Kinder Morgan owns the terminal, but the company does not own or operate the barge. Kinder Morgan owns the terminal, but the company does not own or operate the barge.
HICKMAN, AR -

(WMC-TV) - The Coast Guard called off the search for two men missing from an overturned barge that sank in the Mississippi River on Tuesday.

Ron Nieves and Nicolas Perez were unaccounted for shortly after the barge carrying 700,000 pounds of steel coil capsized. As workers unloaded the barge at an energy company's terminal near Blytheville, Ark., it lifted to its right side.

The two men fell into the river that is nearing its flood stage. Waters continue to rise; it could hit 28 feet by Saturday.

A third person was reported on the barge, but he or she escaped to safety before the commercial vessel sank.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Bill Colclough says the cause of the barge's overturning remains under investigation.

Kinder Morgan owns the terminal, but the company does not own or operate the barge.

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