Response efforts continue for the towboat Stephen L. Colby

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LECLAIRE, Iowa – Cleanup operations and environmental efforts continued in response to the sunken towboat Stephen L. Colby in the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

A unified command consisting of federal, state, local and industry representatives are working aggressively to prevent and minimize pollution impacts to wildlife and the environment as a result of the incident.

The unified command is working in conjunction with the community to ensure the environment is restored to its original state. The Coast Guard has brought in local, regional and national all-hazard pollution responders to assist in the efforts.

LECLAIRE, IA. - Cleanup crews work to collect fuel spilled from the towing vessel Stephen L. Colby, Nov. 29 2013, along the shoreline of the Mississippi River. The Unified Command is working in conjunction with community volunteers to ensure all pollution is cleaned up and the environment restored to its original state after the vessel struck an unidentified submerged object, Nov. 25, 2013, and partially sank. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O'Leary

Cleanup crews work to collect fuel spilled from the towing vessel Stephen L. Colby, Nov. 29 2013, along the shoreline of the Mississippi River. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O’Leary

“This has been a tremendous cooperative effort by federal, state, local partners and the community to solve a difficult problem,” said Incident Commander Capt. Byron Black. “Response efforts would not be successful without everyone’s support.”

Responding to the incident include:

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Local fire and police departments
  • Marquette Transportation
  • Oil spill response organizations
  • Okie Moore Diving and Salvage Company
  • Living Lands and Waters

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Click the photo for additional pictures from the cleanup.

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