Drifting Fuel Barge taken Under Tow

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A towing vessel working in conjunction with the Coast Guard and the Missouri Water Patrol secured a drifting fuel barge today on the Missouri River here.

The tow vessel Marge One secured the empty fuel barge today at mile marker 155 and is transporting it to mile marker 144 on the Missouri River.

Due to rising water, the empty fuel barge along with a 120-foot restaurant barge broke free from their moorings in Glasgow, Mo., Thursday at approximately 8:15 p.m. A different towing vessel secured the restaurant barge shortly after it broke free from its mooring.

The fuel barge is being transported to Capital Sand, where the owner is developing a plan along with the Coast Guard and Excel Marine on transporting it to Glasgow, Mo.

“Even though Missouri River is closed to transit from mile marker 100 to 500, we strongly encourage mariners to securely moor their vessels in preparation for rising water,” said Chief Warrant Officer Bill Perkins, investigating officer from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

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