Coast Guard responds to vessel fire near Vicksburg

The Coast Guard and local agencies continue to monitor the unispected towing vessel George King after it experienced an engine fire on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, January 26, 2018. The fire has been extinguishsed and there are no reports of pollution. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

The Coast Guard and local agencies continue to monitor the uninspected towing vessel George King after it experienced an engine fire on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, January 26, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard and local agencies are continuing to monitor the situation at mile marker 390 on the lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, Friday.

The fire aboard the George King has been extinguished.

The waterway restriction between mile marker 395 and mile marker 380 was lifted on Thursday at 12:28 p.m.

United States Environmental Services has set boom and absorbent pads around the George King with no reports of pollution.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday regarding the George King reporting an engine room fire with nine crewmembers aboard. The crewmembers abandoned the George King to the dry cargo barges it was pushing with no reported injuries. The C. Michael Reeves was able to push the George King and its barges onto the left descending bank of the Mississippi River.

The George King has an estimated 65,000 gallons of diesel on board.

Involved in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Vicksburg
  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Budwine & Associates, Inc.
  • United States Environmental Services (USES)

The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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