Towboat capsizes, sinks at Kentucky pier

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a sunken towing vessel at a pier near Wickliffe, Ky., on Thursday.

UTV Tom Rogers reportedly capsized and sank at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 951 on the Lower Mississippi River with about 3,500 gallons of diesel on board. 

SWS Environmental Services, an oil spill response organization, will conduct assessments of the water and land for any potential diesel release.

McKinney Salvage has been contracted to remove the vessel.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff