Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel on Ohio River

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard responded to a sunken vessel at mile marker 980 on the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders received a report at 3:50 p.m. about the uninspected towing vessel Charley Wallace being fully submerged inside the channel on the Ohio River.

The Coast Guard has issued a waterway restriction between mile marker 979 and mile marker 981 on the Ohio River.

The Charley Wallace has a maximum potential of 1,048 gallons of diesel aboard. There are reports of sheen in the water.

Involved in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah

There were no reported injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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