Towing vessel carrying fuel and oil sinks in Mississippi River near N.O.

Towing vessel carrying fuel and oil sinks in Mississippi River near N.O.

Towing vessel carrying fuel and oil sinks in Mississippi River near N.O.

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

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NEW ORLEANS – A salvage and pollution response is underway after a towing vessel carrying 5,336 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of lube oil sank in the Mississippi River, according to the Coast Guard.

During Thursday’s early morning hours, Justice, a 56-foot long vessel owned by River Ventures LLC, began taking on water and sank at mile marker 161.5 near New Orleans.

Coast Guard responders were on scene to oversee response operations and monitor shoreline impacts.

Boom was also deployed, the Coast Guard said.

The Lower Mississippi River Waterworks Network is monitoring water intakes, but there have been no impacts to drinking water and none are expected.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause.

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