- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Coast Guard officials say federal, state and local agencies will participate in a training exercise simulating the sinking of a large passenger vessel on the Mississippi River near Memphis.

The Coast Guard says the exercise scheduled to begin Wednesday morning will involve about 450 people, 10 response boats and a helicopter searching for and recovering 300 mannequins.

The mannequins will be brought ashore and will be replaced by actors who will be treated and provided first aid as part of the simulation. They will then be taken to several local hospitals.

A section of the river between mile markers 736 and 745 will be closed to barge traffic during the exercise.

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