Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel in Pass a Loutre

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken towing vessel in Pass a Loutre near Venice, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 2 a.m. of the towing vessel Dejeanne Maria, pushing two empty dry cargo barges, transiting downbound on the Mississippi River when it struck a submerged object.

The three people who were aboard the Dejeanne Maria at the time transferred to the towing vessel Supporter 1.

An assist tug is en route to retrieve the barges.

The Dejeanne Maria is submerged with its port side above the water.

The vessel is blocking the channel in Pass a Loutre.

There is a maximum potential of 7,000 gallons of oil on board with a reported 60 gallons having entered the water.

Sector New Orleans incident management team mobilized to conduct a shoreline assessment. ES&H was contracted to respond and deployed boom around the sunken vessel. An ES&H air drone and Coast Guard overflight observed no active discharge of oil.

The incident is under investigation.

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