Crews Continue Search for James 'Buster' Johnson

Crews Continue Search for James 'Buster' Johnson

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Searchers and divers are still on the waters, but while they were hoping for a rescue Thursday, today it's a recovery effort.

"Right now the time has passed where it is impractical for the person to be alive we have transferred to a body recovery," said Lt. Michael Clausen of the US Coast Guard.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla will lead that effort and into the third day of searching they returned with no sign of James 'Buster' Johnson.

"The conditions are like they are here. It is breezy 15-mile an hour winds it's a little choppy," said Lt. Commander Billy Frost of the Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla.

Johnson was lost in the river when the guard shack he was taking refuge in at BAE Systems fell into the water when a dock was struck by the cruise liner.

Crews are searching in a relatively small area for Johnson, but conditions in the mobile river are dark and murky, and sonar equipment has not detected a body.

But crews say they will be in the water as long as it takes to find him.

The Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph remained at the Alabama Cruise Terminal Friday. Carnival officials say they are not sure how long it will be there.

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