Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel

Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith, Arkansas, investigate a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel at mile marker 300 on the Arkansas River near Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 27, 2017. The vessel was reported to have 200 gallons of diesel onboard. (Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith)

Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith investigate a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel near Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 27, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a partially submerged unclassified construction vessel at mile marker 300 on the Arkansas River near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at approximately 4:10 p.m. of the sinking construction vessel.

The vessel has a reported 200 gallons of diesel on board.

Light sheening around the vessel has been observed.

An oil spill response organization from Little Rock is reported to be en route to the scene.

Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Fort Smith, Arkansas, are on scene to investigate the situation.

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