Coast Guard responds to vessel fire on Mississippi River

The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel fire on the lower Mississippi River near West Helena, Arkansas, September 12, 2018. The vessel, the Jacob Kyle Rusthoven was pushed to the Arkansas bank of the river to combat the fire. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel fire on the lower Mississippi River near West Helena, Arkansas, September 12, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel fire on the lower Mississippi River near West Helena, Arkansas, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 10:30 a.m. of a fire aboard the uninspected towing vessel Jacob Kyle Rusthoven near mile marker 673 on the lower Mississippi River.

The Jacob Kyle Rusthoven was pushed to the Arkansas bank of the river where fire-fighting efforts continue. There is a reported 13,300 gallons of fuel onboard with no reports of pollution at this time.

The Coast Guard issued a waterway closure between mile marker 664 and mile marker 674 on the Mississippi River.

The crew of the Jacob Kyle Rusthoven were reported safe.

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