The U.S. Coast Guard USCG) said it is responding to a report of a grounded towing vessel near mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday. A slight sheen has been reported in the vicinity of the vessel, which the USCG said has been contained by boom.
Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley received the initial notification at about 10 p.m. Monday, of the vessel Elizabeth D grounding near the right descending bank of the river while reportedly pushing 12 empty coal barges down river.
Investigating officers with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh responded to the grounding, and the USCG is presently working with the vessel owner and maritime representatives to safely refloat the vessel while working to reduce any environmental impact.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation.