Coast Guard reopens Illinois River

PEORIA, Ill. — The Coast Guard has reopened the Illinois River from mile marker 160 to mile marker 165 to marine traffic, which was closed at approximately 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2009.

The Coast Guard closed the river in response to a marine incident involving seven people aboard a 40-foot pleasure craft and the motor vessel Richard Sibes at mile marker 164 on the Illinois River.

The Peoria Fire Department and Good Samaritans responded to the incident and rescued the seven people from the pleasure craft.

The Coast Guard sent an investigation team from the Marine Safety Detachment in Peoria, Ill., to investigate the incident.

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