Towboat partially sinks near Cairo, Ill.

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

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard responded to a partially submerged vessel on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill., on Tuesday.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at 2 p.m. of the towboat Totem Kole II 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 departed the vessel safely.

There is a reported 800 gallons of diesel fuel and 60 gallons of oil onboard the vessel. An unknown amount of product is reported to have gone into the water.

An oil spill response organization has deployed containment boom around the vessel to prevent the spread of pollution.

Coast Guard crews are scheduled to arrive on scene tomorrow in response to the incident.

There are no waterway closures or restrictions due to the incident.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff