Coast Guard, local agencies responding to vessel fire near Vicksburg

The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a vessel fire at mile marker 390 on the lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, January 25, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification regarding the uninspected towing vessel George King reporting an engine room fire. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a vessel fire at mile marker 390 on the lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, January 25, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification regarding the uninspected towing vessel George King reporting an engine room fire. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a vessel fire at mile marker 390 on the lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday regarding the uninspected towing vessel George King reporting an engine room fire with nine crewmembers aboard. The crewmembers abandoned the George King to the dry cargo barges it was pushing with no reported injuries. The uninspected towing vessel C. Michael Reeves was able to push the George King and its barges onto the left descending bank of the Mississippi River.

A waterway restriction is in place from mile marker 395 to mile marker 380. The queue is nine vessels upbound and three vessels downbound.

The George King has a reported 65,000 gallons of diesel on board.

Involved in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Vicksburg
  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Budwine & Associates, Inc.
  • United States Environmental Services

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