Unified command continues recovery after barge breakaways on Ohio River

A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, United States Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners dewaters a partially submerged barge at Emsworth Lock and Dam near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 21, 2018. Preliminary damage assessments indicate there is no significant damage to Emsworth Lock and Dam and no environmental concerns from pollution. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland.

Unified command dewaters a partially submerged barge at Emsworth Lock and Dam near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 21, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland.

PITTSBURGH –A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, United States Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners continues to remove barges involved in the breakaways on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Moundsville, West Virginia, Tuesday.

Five barges have been successfully cleared from above the dam at Emsworth including two that were blocking salvage crews’ access to a barge lodged against Gate 8.

Industry partners are continuing salvaging operations near Moundsville and have successfully removed one barge from the channel at mile marker 104.7.

The Coast Guard has rescinded both safety zones on the Ohio River. Salvage operations will continue, however, and mariners transiting the area are urged to use caution.

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