Coast Guard closes section of Ohio River after tow boat sinks

Sn Francisco: A tow boat sank in flood-swollen waters of the Ohio River, prompting the US Coast Guard to halt navigation on a section of the busy waterway, USCG revealed on Thursday.

The vessel David Dunnigan reportedly capsized and sank near Golconda, southern Illinois on Wednesday night. It then drifted down river but the cause of the accident and the vessel’s exact location were unknown on Thursday afternoon.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The boat was reported to be carrying 3,000 gallons of fuel oil.

A USCG spokesman said the closure of the river, a key grain-shipping waterway, was a precaution until the sunken vessel is located.

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Paducah, Kentucky were supervising response and recovery efforts. Watchstanders, members of the Coast Guard auxiliary, assisted in the operation.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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