Coast Guard investigates alcohol leak on barge in Ohio River

CINCINNATI — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an isopropyl alcohol leak from a barge in the Ohio River, Monday.

At about 5:30 a.m., the captain of the tug vessel Bridget Cauley notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley that alcohol was reportedly leaking from the top portion of a barge that the Bridget Cauley was pushing, spilling an unknown amount on to the deck of the barge, while transiting the river approximately five miles south of Cincinnati.

A pollution investigation team from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Cincinnati was dispatched to the scene.

A temporary patch placed over the hole was effective in securing the leak; however, the Bridget Cauley remains under a Captain of the Port order until a final repair is made.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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