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Miss. River closed during search for sunken tug

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 07, 2013 Jul 7, 2013 Sunday, July 07 2013 July 07, 2013 10:27 AM in News
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has shut down Mississippi River traffic in southeastern Louisiana near Venice as the search continues for a sunken tugboat.

The 48-foot tug "C-Pec" sank Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard says two people aboard were rescued by a vessel in the area.

River traffic was shut down in both directions from around the mouth of the river up to mile marker 10. The Coast Guard said it will be re-opened only after the submerged vessel is located and authorities are sure the river can be safely navigated.

Petty Officer Carlos Vega said that as of Sunday morning about 24 vessels were awaiting passage. The U.S. Army Corps had sonar equipment at the scene to aid the search effort.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

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