Coast Guard closes portion of Illinois River due to marine incident

PEORIA, Ill. — The Coast Guard has closed the Illinois River from mile marker 160 to mile marker 165 in response to a marine incident involving the motor vessel Richard Sibes and a 40-foot pleasure craft carrying seven people at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report from a good samatian reporting that 7 people needed immediate assistance after being involved in a marine incident on the Illinois River at mile marker 164 near Peoria, Ill.

The Peoria Fire Department and Good Samaritans responded to the incident and rescued all seven people.

The Coast Guard closed the river from mile marker 160 to mile marker 165 to survey navigation on the waterway.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Peoria Ill., is investigating the incident.

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