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Coast Guard Investigates Three Separate Groundings on Mississippi

AUGUST 25, 2006 - Posted at 7:22 a.m. CDT


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard investigated three separate towboat-related groundings on the lower Mississippi River yesterday that prompted the closure of parts of the river.  One of them occured near Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.

The first occured at 3:15 a.m. about 180 miles south of Angola, Louisiana.

At 6:30 a.m., another towboat ran aground about 15 miles north of Rosedale, Mississippi.

The third accident happened about 3:15 p.m. when the 140-foot towboat 'Captain Russell Simpson,' pushing 25 barges of dry cargo, ran aground about 40 miles south of Helena-West Helena, at mile-marker 626.1  The river was closed between mile-marker 623.1 and 628.

No injuries or pollution were reported in the accidents.

The Coast Guard said that investigators have not determined the cause of the accidents.  Low-water advisories are in effect for the areas of the river where the groundings occured.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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