Coast Guard responding to sunken towing vessel

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a sunken towing vessel at a pier, near Wickliffe, Kentucky, Thursday.

The UTV Tom Rogers reportedly capsized and sank at 11:35 p.m., Wednesday, at mile marker 951 on the Lower Mississippi River with about 3,500 gallons of diesel on board.

SWS Environmental Services, an oil spill response organization, will conduct assessments of the water and land for any potential diesel release.

McKinney Salvage has been contracted to remove the vessel.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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