Coast Guard investigates cause of tug boat sinking on Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS— The Coast Guard is investigating a marine incident that caused a tug boat to take on water and sink in Lake Pontchartrain Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Coast Guard Station New Orleans received the initial report at approximately 5:30 p.m from the captain of the sinking vessel that the M/V Capt. Mack was taking on water, one mile northeast of the Lakefront Airport. The station launched a 41-foot rescue boat and crew to assist. The two people on board the M/V Capt. Mack were quickly rescued before the vessel completely capsized.

Fuel vents on board the M/V Capt. Mack have been blocked and boom has been placed around the site of the sinking to mitigate any possible pollution.

The incident is under investigation.

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