The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard is responding to a barge and crane that sank in the Mobile River, Thursday. Personnel at the Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., command center received a report at approximately 6 p.m., from the motor vessel Mary Sue that a barge and crane had turned over and sank in the river near Pinto Island, Ala., half a mile south of the Interstate 10 bridge.
Coast Guard investigators are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to find the exact position of the sunken barge and crane.
A Safety Marine Information Broadcast has been issued and there are no navigation restrictions at this time.
There are no reports of injuries or pollution.
The incident is under investigation.