Tug boat sinks in Mississippi River

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Posted on January 17, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 11:45 PM

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LAPLACE, La. -- A tug boat sunk Thursday night in the Mississippi River, according to the Coast Guard.

The tug boat, called St. Paul, was at mile marker 135, about 200 feet from the West Bank when it sunk near the the Edgard Reserve Ferry Landing.

The tug boat was carrying 4,000 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of lube oil.

"A salvage company from the actual company of the vessel has been, you know, ordered and they're out on scene," said Alex Washington, a petty officer in the Coast Guard. "We also do have a pollution response team from the Coast Guard that's out there on scene right now assessing the situation, as far as deploying boom and seeing if there's any visible sheen, or anything like that."

Washington said there have been no reports of a visible sheen.

The cause of the incident is unknown.

The Cooper T. Smith Company owns the tug boat.

No injuries were reported, and river traffic wasn't impacted.

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