Grounded vessel on Ohio River refloated

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PITTSBURGH – Response crews for the Elizabeth D refloated the vessel at mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday afternoon.

Personnel on scene, including a marine surveyor, conducted a damage survey of the vessel after it was refloated and declared it seaworthy. The Elizabeth D was towed to a nearby mooring location down river to remain overnight along with salvage vessels that assisted in the response operation.

The Elizabeth D will be towed to Neville Island, Penn., Thursday.

“The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring the safe navigation of everyone operating on inland waterways, along with protecting the environment,” said Cmdr. John Dittmar, executive officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh. “As a service with a persistent presence in the maritime domain, the Coast Guard is locally based, nationally deployed, and globally connected.”

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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