Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a call at 3:30 p.m. from a representative of National Maintenance and Repair, the owner of the tug boat, stating that one of their vessels had sank. All three crewmembers aboard the vessel were rescued with minor injuries by company personnel that were on scene at the time of the incident.
The Hartford Beaver has been located and marked with a lighted buoy. National Maintenance and Repair, Okie Moore Salvage Company, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard will meet tomorrow to discuss salvage and recovery operations. Minor pollution has been reported at the site of the sinking and the Safety Zone will remain in place until the river is deemed safe for normal operations by the captain of the port.
Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River dispatched two investigating officers to the National Maintenance and Repair main facility and are currently investigating the cause of the incident.