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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tug Aground and Partially Submerged on the Mississippi

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 10, 2018

A harbor tug is aground, partially submerged and taking on water on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a report at 2 p.m. Tuesday stating that the vessel, Totem Kole II, was taking on water at mile marker 59.7. The vessel is grounded at a nearby embankment on the left descending bank of the river.

All crewmembers were able to safely disembark the vessel.

Coast Guard crews are responding to the incident and an oil spill response organization has deployed containment boom around the vessel to prevent the spread of pollution after an unknown amount of product is reported to have gone into the water. The vessel is said to be carrying 800 gallons of diesel fuel and 60 gallons of oil on board.

There are no waterway closures or restrictions.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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