Coast Guard restricting vessel traffic on Chicago River to allow salvage of sunken barge

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is enforcing a waterway restriction on the Chicago River between the Lake and Randolph Street Bridges, Saturday, until midnight while crews conduct salvage operations of the barge that sank Friday afternoon.

Commercial salvage crews are currently using a crane and a clamshell to transfer material from the sunken barge onto an empty barge to enable them to re-float the sunken barge.

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago have coordinated waterways management controls over the Chicago River after the barge broke free from its mooring Friday afternoon and sank in the river between the Lake and Randolph Street Bridges.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan learned of the incident at about 1:15 p.m., Friday. The barge was loaded with 750 yards of clay dirt. No injuries or pollution are reported.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan is broadcasting a broadcast notice to mariners over VHF-FM channel 16.

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