Coast Guard responds to tug, barge aground off Delaware

The tugboat Miss Gill and tank barge Delaware aground off Wilmington, Del., Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay deployed an investigator and a marine inspector, who reported no injuries or pollution. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The tugboat Miss Gill and tank barge Delaware aground off Wilmington, Del., Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard responded to a tug and barge that went aground Friday off Wilmington, Del.

The tug and barge have been safely re-floated.

The tugboat Miss Gill was pushing the tank barge Delaware, carrying approximately 1.3 million gallons of asphalt, when they ran aground Friday morning.

No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the grounding.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia arrived on scene, and Kirby Offshore Marine, the company that owns the barge, developed a salvage plan.

“The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring public safety and environmental stewardship,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, the deputy commander of Sector Delaware Bay. “Our people are highly trained to respond to these types of situations and mitigate potential hazards.”

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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