Coast Guard responds to sunken towing vessel in Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard supervised the salvage of the sunken towing vessel Bill Pehler from its moorings in the Mississippi River, Saturday, at approximately 5 p.m.

Eighth Coast Guard District LogoThe salvage company Okie Moore delivered a crane barge to the scene, Saturday, and began operations to remove the vessel at approximately 8 a.m.

The Crimson Glory, a 170-foot uninspected towing vessel (UTV), brought the Bill Pehler in an along-side tow for transport back to shore. The diesel fuel in the tanks aboard the Bill Pehler was transferred safely to tanks on board the Crimson Glory.

The 170-foot UTV brought the Bill Pehler to the National Shipyard Marine near Grafton, Ill.

The sunken vessel has been secured.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report, Wednesday, that a 70-foot by 26-foot towing vessel sank at its moorings with diesel fuel in its tanks on board.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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