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Recovery Continues after Ohio River Barge Breakaways

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January 24, 2018

27 barges broke away from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 on the Ohio River and many collected at the Emsworth Lock and Dam near Pittsburgh on January 13 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Travis Magee)

27 barges broke away from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 on the Ohio River and many collected at the Emsworth Lock and Dam near Pittsburgh on January 13 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Travis Magee)

A unified command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners continues to remove barges involved in the breakaways on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, Pa., and Moundsville, W.Va., Tuesday. 
 
Five barges have been successfully cleared from above the dam at Emsworth including two that were blocking salvage crews' access to a barge lodged against Gate 8. 
 
Industry partners are continuing salvaging operations near Moundsville and have successfully removed one barge from the channel at mile marker 104.7.

The Coast Guard has rescinded both safety zones on the Ohio River. Salvage operations will continue, however, and mariners transiting the area are urged to use caution.  
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