Stephen L. Colby lifted, operations continue

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LECLAIRE, Iowa – Response crews commenced lifting operations of the 154-foot sunken towboat from the Mississippi River bank near LeClaire, Iowa, Monday.

Stephen L. Colby salvage crews worked to cradle and dewater the vessel in an effort to remove extra weight while lifting the towboat. Crews dealt with below freezing conditions and long hours throughout response efforts and continue to conduct pollution mitigation through cleanup operations.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - Response crews work to dewater the 154-foot towboat Stephen L. Colby during the lift phase of salvage operations near LeClaire, Iowa, Dec. 9, 2013. Crews have worked continuously to repair and refloat the vessel since it reportedly struck an unknown submerged object in the Mississippi River channel and sank Nov. 25.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O'Leary.

LECLAIRE, Iowa – Response crews work to dewater the 154-foot towboat Stephen L. Colby during the lift phase of salvage operations near LeClaire, Iowa, Dec. 9, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O’Leary.

Approximately 39,900 gallons of oily-water mixture has been recovered from the river, 89,000 gallons of oily-water mixture recovered from the Stephen L. Colby, and more than 6,800 cubic feet of oily waste has been collected.

Due to an error in calculations from the initial phases of the response, the oily-water mixture collected from the Mississippi River was previously reported as being approximately 61,970 gallons of oily-water mixture. The correct amount of oily-water mixture collected from the river is approximately 39,900 gallons.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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