Coast Guard coordinates salvage after vessel sinks

Coast Guard Sector Lower MIssissippi River LogoMEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard is working with industry partners to coordinate salvage operations for the motor vessel Ricky Robinson on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.

Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is surveying the wreckage location and determining the status of the navigable channel for salvage operations to begin.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting a joint agency investigation.

The Coast Guard would like to recognize all those who participated in the search efforts, including:

  • Memphis Police Department Aviation
  • Memphis Police Department Harbor Patrol
  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
  • Economy Boat Store
  • Wepfer Marine Inc.
  • Budwine and Associates Inc.
  • All mariners transiting the Memphis port area that responded to the Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and relayed information to the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • All concerned citizens walking and searching along the bank of the river.

The Coast Guard was notified Friday of the Ricky Robinson sinking with two people aboard.

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