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NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Coast Guard shut down the Mississippi River late Saturday night as it tried to salvage a tugboat that sank.

The tug, C-Pec, sank just up from the Head of Passes, also known as the Bird's Foot Delta, where the river splits into Southwest Pass, Pass a Loutre and South Pass.

The Coast Guard says the tug was carrying four 500 gallon tanks of fuel.

They have been recovered but produced a sheen on the river.

The Coast Guard says it was attempting to identify an oil spill response organization to put together a salvage plan.

Officials say they still don't know why the tug sank.

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