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Miss. closes in SE La. for salvage of sunken tug

3 years 3 months 1 week ago July 09, 2013 Jul 9, 2013 Tuesday, July 09 2013 July 09, 2013 10:30 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged.

Spokesman Jonathan Lally says the river was closed around 6 a.m. Tuesday from mile marker 7.3 to mile marker 8.3 near the town of Venice. The closure was expected to last about 12 hours.

The tug sank Saturday afternoon. The river was closed from Saturday afternoon until Sunday night as authorities searched for the tug and made sure it didn't pose a navigation hazard.

Some vessels anchored and waited out the closure. Others, including a cruise ship that had been bound for New Orleans, were re-routed.

It was unclear how many vessels would be affected by Monday's closure.

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