NEW ORLEANS – A Unified Command has been established in response to a vessel sinking at mile marker 940 along the Mississippi River near Columbus, Kentucky, Monday.
The UC consists of the Coast Guard, Ingram Barge Company, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders were notified at 3:30 p.m. of the vessel Todd Brown sinking along the right descending bank of the Lower Mississippi River. The Todd Brown has approximately 17,500 gallons of diesel fuel, 150 gallons of lube oil, and 150 gallons of hydraulic oil onboard.
SWS Environmental Services is on scene monitoring the situation and boom has been deployed to mitigate a pollution release.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.