Coast Guard Investigating Cause of Barge Sinking on Lake Michigan

Tuesday, August 12, 2003
The Coast Guard is in investigating what may have caused a grain barge to sink approximately four miles off the shores of Waukegan earlier today. A team from U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Chicago will determine if last night’s weather played a factor. The 200 foot barge carrying 64,000 bushels of wheat was being towed in four to six foot seas last night when it began taking on water. At last report, the barge was floating in the water at a 90 degree angle. There were no injuries during the mishap
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