Coast Guard responding to vessel sinking in Intracoastal Waterway

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken vessel in the Intracoastal Waterway near Lafitte, Louisiana, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a notification at 6:45 a.m. of the towing vessel Cindy R, pushing six barges, with three crewmembers aboard sinking at mile marker 8, west of the Harvey Lock on the Intracoastal Waterway.

The crewmembers boarded the towing vessel Elin Gertrude before the Cindy R sank. There were no reported injuries.

The Elin Gertrude picked up the Cindy R’s tow.

The Cindy R has approximately 3,000 gallons of diesel aboard.

OMI has deployed absorbent boom around the Cindy R to mitigate the spread of oil.

A crane and barge is en route to commence salvage operations.

The waterway is open to marine traffic at a slow bell.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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