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Coast Guard Says Rock Caused Towboat To Sink In LeClaire

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We are one step closer to knowing what happened the to the towboat that partially sunk in LeClaire, Iowa , just before Thanksgiving last year.

The "Stephen L. Colby"  hit something in the Mississippi River on November 25th, 2013.

The boat started taking on water and came to rest just off shore in LeClaire.

Crews spent the next two weeks cleaning up fuel and oil that leaked out, while working to raise the boat and patch holes.

On December 11, 2013, the Colby started its 350 mile journey to St. Louis, Mo. for repair.

We now have more details as to what happened to the boat to cause its demise.

Lt. Kody Stitz, with the U.S. Coast Guard says the boat struck a rock in the area of mile marker 496.

Stitz says all mitigating factors with regards to why it hit a rock is still under investigation.

There was no indication given as to when further details would be available.

Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and kwqc.com for updates as we receive them.

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