Coast Guard responds to tow boat fire on Mississippi

PADUCAH, Ky. – The Coast Guard coordinated efforts along with the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency in Ky., and the Mississippi County Emergency Management Agency in Missouri today in responding to a tow boat fire on the Lower Mississippi River at approximately mile marker 923.

The Coast Guard received a call at 11:30 a.m., reporting there was an engine room fire aboard the tow boat Marie D.

Upon discovering the fire crewmembers aboard the tow boat implemented the vessel’s emergency action plan which included activating installed firefighting suppression system, closing off all ventilation, pushing the tow’s three barges on the shore and evacuating the crew.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There was no pollution and river vessel traffic was unaffected.

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