Coast Guard Responds to Tow Boat Sinking

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Coast Guard is responding to a tow boat that sunk in the Tennessee River. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah was notified that the tow boat Janet Leavell had sank, and is coordinating efforts with Wepfer Marine and the State and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies.

The vessel's owner has contracted divers who are enroute to attempt to seal vents to minimize pollution in the river. Containment boom has been deployed around the vessel to prevent the spread of oil and fuel. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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