Coast Guard Recloses Ohio River at Louisville, KY Due to Sunken Barge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Ohio Valley, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers have re-closed the Ohio River between mile markers 603 and 605 due to changing conditions in the two sunken iron ore barges.

Today at 4:15 p.m. the Coast Guard closed the Ohio River again due to navigational safety concerns associated with the changing conditions of the two sunken barges. An assessment is scheduled to determine the condition and position of the barges in order to re-mark a safe navigational channel for vessel traffic.

The Coast Guard and the Army Corps are working with the marine industry to ensure the safe salvage of the sunken barges. The Coast Guard is also continuing its investigation into the cause of this accident.

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