Crews complete salvage of sunken deck barge in Cuyahoga River

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — Salvage crews have completed the salvage of a 36-foot deck barge Friday that sank in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

Late this morning, tow trucks were able to lift the barge up onto a larger barge. It will be transported away so that the owners, American Bridge, can evaluate its serviceability.

The waterway is now completely unobstructed. A safety zone set earlier has been cancelled, and safety messages are no longer being broadcast to mariners.

Thursday at 3 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo were notified that a deck barge, measuring 36 feet long, 18 feet wide and 8 feet deep, had sunk in the Cuyahoga River, east of the Columbus Road Bridge. The barge was reported to be partially in the channel, representing a possible risk to commercial traffic that may transit the area. The Coast Guard began issuing a safety broadcast and notifying any nearby vessels in the area.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor, in Cleveland, arrived on scene with a representative from American Bridge, the company that owns the barge, to assess the situation. The vessel was empty at the time of its sinking, and no pollution has been reported.

Sunken deck barge in Cuyahoga River salvaged

Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland take a look at a 36-foot deck barge that was recently salvaged and removed from the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland May 3, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Sara Cahill

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