Towboat Sinks in Ohio River
Posted Thursday, December 10, 2009 ; 05:42 AM |
Updated Thursday, December 10, 2009; 08:58 AM
[B]High winds and waves overtook the boat on the river near Chester.[/B]
Story by Stacy Rich
CHESTER – The crew is safe after a a towboat sank on the Ohio River Wednesday, Dec. 9.
According to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, the investigation is under way into the sinking near Chester.
The vessel Sam S., owned by Georgetown Sand and Gravel, sank after high waves because of high winds overtook the vessel.
The Coast Guard said the pilot of the Sam S. was in the water for a short time and was rescued by a nearby towboat.
The sunken boat remains in the Ohio River, and the Coast Guard reported there is approximately 500 gallons of fuel on board.
According to the Coast Guard, the owner of the boat is taking steps to mitigate the pollution from the fuel.
The Coast Guard has issued an advisory about the sunken boat to all mariners.