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US Coast Guard investigates tug sinking

Wed 19 Apr 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

US Coast Guard investigates tug sinking
Todd Brown sank on 17 April on the Mississippi River near Columbus, Kentucky

Investigations are underway into the reasons for the sinking of a tugboat on a key inland towage route in the US. Ingram Barge Cos tugboat Todd Brown sank in the Mississippi River, near Columbus in Kentucky on 17 April.

The US Coast Guard is working with the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to establish how the tugboat sank during the afternoon of 17 April.

Todd Brown was carrying around 17,500 gallons of diesel fuel, 150 gallons of lube oil, and 150 gallons of hydraulic oil. It sank on the lower descending bank of the Lower Mississippi River.

According to local reports, SWS Environmental Services deployed a boom to prevent any pollution from these oils from spreading in the river. There were no signs of any pollution. An Ingram Bridge Co spokesperson said the crew were able to leave the tugboat on to a barge.

Ingram Barge Co told local reporters that it is planning to salvage the sunken tug.