River hampers efforts to salvage sunken towboat

4 years 5 months 1 day ago Tuesday, July 08 2014 Jul 8, 2014 Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:47:00 PM CDT July 08, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Coast Guard says efforts to salvage a fuel-filled towboat that inexplicably sank in the Mississippi River may not happen for another month until the swollen waterway subsides.

The Coast Guard says the 70-foot, 140-ton Jim Marko went down July 1 near St. Louis with 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

Coast Guard Lt. Timothy Marriott says there's been no evidence large amounts of fuel have escaped.

Marriott says high levels of the Mississippi River have kept crews from raising the boat. And he says that isn't likely to change for three weeks to a month.

The National Weather Service says the Mississippi at St. Louis is expected to crest this weekend 3 feet above flood stage and won't drop below that level until the middle of next week.

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