Coast Guard partially reopens Mississippi River while searching for sunken tug boat

Published: Jul. 8, 2013 at 2:49 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM CDT
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New Orleans -- The United States Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Mississippi River after a search for a sunken tug boat. Crews reopened the river Sunday night after determining it to be safe for navigation.

According to a USCG press release, crews are still searching for the sunken 48-foot vessel between mile marker eight and Head of Passes. In order to ensure safe navigation, Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River will continue to implement vessel traffic management measures.

The Corps of Engineers conducted two passes between the two mile markers and determined that no navigation hazards were present. Mile marker zero to mile marker ten has been reopened to one-way vessel traffic only. Shallow-draft vessels are encouraged to navigate the deep draft channel at a slow, safe speed with extreme caution. The Army Corps of Engineers, pilot associations and Vessel Traffic Service will coordinate all deep draft vessel movements.

Crews will continue to search for the sunken vessel. The investigation in to the cause of the incident, continues.