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Towboat raised after sinking in Upper Mississippi

Jul 9, 2017 03:50 PM

An unknown amount of diesel discharged from Eric Haney near Cairo, Ill.

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The unified command has lifted the towboat Eric Haney and transferred it to a dry dock at James Marine Inc. in Whickliffe Ky., on Thursday.

Eric Haney is scheduled to receive temporary repairs at James Marine Inc. before going to Paducah, Ky., for final repairs.

Approximately 106,000 gallons of diesel fuel was recovered. Approximately 6,000 gallons of lube oil and slops including contact water was also recovered.  

A total of 1,700 feet of hard boom had been deployed around Eric Haney and the oil spill response organization replaced sorbent boom as it was necessary to mitigate pollution. Water and shoreline assessments have been conducted and crews observed no signs of pollution.

There are no restrictions to commercial or recreational vessel traffic due to the incident.

The UC consists of the Coast Guard, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Tennessee Valley Towing.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Ky., watch standers were notified at approximately midnight July 9 of Eric Haney sinking on the right descending bank in the Upper Mississippi River. 

There were nine people aboard the towing vessel who evacuated the ship before it sank with no reports of injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

PREVIOUS REPORT

(NEW ORLEANS) — The unified command continues to respond to a sunken vessel at mile marker 9.7 on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill., on Sunday.

An unknown amount of diesel was discharged from the vessel, which has been contained with containment boom.

Divers have successfully secured the source of the diesel fuel discharge.

Water and shoreline assessments have been conducted and crews observed no further signs of pollution.

There are currently no restrictions to commercial or recreational vessel traffic due to the incident.

The UC consists of the Coast Guard, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Tennessee Valley Towing.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Ky., were notified at approximately midnight Saturday of the towing vessel Eric Haney sinking on the right descending bank in the Upper Mississippi River. The vessel has approximately 79,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,600 gallons of lube oil on board.

There were nine people aboard the towing vessel who evacuated the ship before it sank with no reports of injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

PREVIOUS REPORT

(NEW ORLEANS) — A unified command (UC) has been established in response to a sunken vessel at mile marker 9.7 on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill., on Sunday.

The UC consists of the Coast Guard, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Tennessee Valley Towing.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Ky., were notified at approximately midnight Saturday of the towing vessel Eric Haney sinking on the right descending bank in the Upper Mississippi River. The vessel has approximately 79,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,600 gallons of lube oil on board.

Members from MSU Paducah and other first responders are on scene to assess the situation.

SWS Environmental Services, an oil spill response organization, is on scene deploying boom as a preventative measure, however, there have been no reports yet of pollution.

There are currently no waterway restrictions due to the incident.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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