Tug Catches Fire on the Mississippi River

Tug Catches Fire on the Mississippi River

A tug caught fire prompting the closure of a part of the lower Mississippi River to vessel traffic.

The tug caught fire near mile marker 673 on Wednesday. Reports came in that all crew and there is no threat of pollution.

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The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to a fire on board the uninspected towing vessel Jacob Kyle Rusthoven near West Helena, Ark. after being notified of the incident at 10:30 a.m.

The vessel has been pushed to the Arkansas bank of the river where efforts are still on to douse the fire. The vessel is carrying 13,300 gallons of fuel on board. Vessel traffic on the river has been restricted between mile markers 664 and 674.

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