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Tow Boat On The Move Out Of LeClaire

Posted: Updated: Dec 18, 2013 04:52 PM
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After more than two weeks, a once partially sunken towboat in LeClaire is on the move. The boat just started it's new journey down the Mississippi River to a repair facility.

The boat hit something in the river back on November 25th, started taking on water and partially sank. Crews have been on site since, cleaning up fuel and oil that leaked out, working to raise the boat back up and patching up holes. 
     
But now the "Stephen L. Colby" is ready for it's 350-mile trip to the St. Louis area. It will be pulled along side another towboat.

"It's difficult to say how long this transit will take, a lot of things factor into it, everything from the weather to lock and dam scheduling to other unexpected events," said Lt. Colin Fogarty of the U.S. Coast Guard. "However, it should be done roughly within 2 weeks."

The coast guard says Marquette, the company that owns the boat, intends to fully rehab the vessel.
     
An investigation is still underway to see what actually happened and what the boat hit to cause it to start sinking in the first place.

 

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