Towboat sinking closes section of Ohio River

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

(GOLCONDA, Ill.) — The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Ill., on Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watch standers were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m. The David Dunnigan reportedly capsized, sank and drifted downriver. The exact location of the sunken vessel is unknown at this time.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley Captain of the Port, Capt. Richard Timme, has restricted vessel operations from mile marker 896.5 to mile marker 900 on the Ohio River as a precaution until the position of the vessel is determined.

The towing vessel is reportedly carrying an estimated 3,000 gallons of fuel oil on board.

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Ky.y are on scene and will supervise response and recovery efforts.

There were no reported injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff