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Sunken tug MM 14 Ohio River

Glenwillard, PA, USA | 2020-Mar-29

Initial Notification: On 29 March 2020, NOAA SSC was contacted by MSU Pittsburgh regarding a report of two tugs sunk at MM 14 (RDB) on the Ohio River in vicinity of Leetsdale, PA. Unknown amount of diesel on board (estimated at 100-200 gallons). USCG determined that neither vessel was operational and thus not inspected. OSLTF has been opened and USCG assumed lead after discussion with EPA Region 5. Sheen observed downstream. USCG conducted notifications to ORSANCO and other as appropriate. Water intake reported 3 miles downstream. River is high and current (~4 MPH) has prevented any further operations. NOAA SSC assisted with fate and effect and notifications. Salvage and assessment operations planned for 31 March or as soon as river conditions permit. No further requests for assistance at this time.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Latitude (approximate): 40° 33.42′ North
Longitude (approximate): 80° 13.01′ West