Coast Guard allows vessels to transit Kanawha River as they prepare for salvage operations

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Working closely with towing industry representatives, the Coast Guard on Wednesday allowed commercial vessels to slowly transit the area where the towing vessel Misty Day sank Monday on the Kanawha River near Poca, W.Va.

Salvage equipment is expected to be on scene at approximately 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, and it is projected that salvage operations will take place Thursday morning. Once salvage equipment is on scene, the river will again be closed to vessel traffic until the Misty Dawn is raised.

The Misty Dawn had approximately 4,000 gallons of fuel on board when it sank at approximately 2 a.m. Monday near the center of the channel. The vessel has been completely boomed off and the Coast Guard is working with pollution and salvage contractors to ensure that no additional pollution impacts the waterway.

The Coast Guard continues to investigate this incident.

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