Tugboat tow line caused severe reef damage, Fla. officials say

(RIVIERA BEACH, Fla.) — Florida officials say recent severe damage to a coral reef was probably caused by a tugboat towing a barge, the Palm Beach Post newspaper reported. The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission suspects that a slack tow line dragged bottom and ripped apart a large area of coral. Dive boats are still surveying the damage, which is the length of two football fields. 
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By Professional Mariner Staff