Search suspended for woman who fell from ferry boat on Mississippi River

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 1:30 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A river search was suspended due to darkness after a woman fell from a ferry boat in northern St. Charles County on Friday afternoon.

Highway Patrol officials say the woman fell from the Golden Eagle Ferry on the Mississippi River between the Missouri and Illinois shores around 4:20 p.m. Officials said the water was calm when the woman fell.

The woman is described as a white female in her 60s, around 5'5" and wearing a white blouse. Authorities say she entered the water, and has not been seen since.

Water Patrol, Coast Guard and St. Charles County fire crews are searched for the woman until the sun went down. Authorities said they will search again Saturday. Officials said they do not know if was an accident or if the woman intentionally jumped in.

Highway Patrol officials said there are safety precautions in place to prevent someone from falling in.

"They have a gate there, chains are on the gate and so you would have to climb over that, and there are a couple of safeguards there to keep people from the edge," Sergeant Al Nothum said. "She intentionally went over the gate. We do know that, but it doesn't mean she took her own life."

Authorities said they met with the woman's family Friday night, but did not release her identity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 314-269-2463.

Stay with News 4 and KMOV.com for the latest on this developing story.

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