Vessel removed from the Racine Lock and Dam after barge breakaway

NEW ORLEANS – The motor vessel Austin C. Settoon was removed from the Racine Lock and Dam, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at 1:24 p.m. that the Austin C. Settoon was disengaged from the structure and was towed by the motor vessel Alabama. It was then moored to the auxiliary lock chamber at the Racine Locks.

Two barges remain pinned against gates seven and eight of the dam and are stable.

The unified command consists of the Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Mason County Emergency Management, and the responsible party, Settoon Towing Company.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that UTV Austin C. Settoon, pushing three barges loaded with approximately 3,780,000 gallons of natural gas condensate, allided with the lock wall at approximately 5:30 a.m., Thursday. The barges subsequently broke away.

There have been no reports of injuries or pollution.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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