Coast Guard responds to grounding in Ohio River

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PITTSBURGH – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a grounded towing vessel near mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley received the initial notification at about 10 p.m. Monday, of the vessel Elizabeth D grounding near the right descending bank of the river. Investigating officers with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh responded to the grounding.

The Coast Guard is working with the vessel owner and maritime representatives to safely refloat the vessel and working to reduce any environmental impact.

There is a report of a slight sheen in the vicinity of the vessel, which is contained by boom. The Elizabeth D was reportedly pushing 12 empty coal barges down river at the time of the grounding.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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