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Coast Guard investigating sunken tugboats and barge on Illinois River


The Coast Guard is investigating why three tugboats attached to a mooring barge along the Illinois River in Hardin, Illinois, went underwater recently. River levels have been high, but a Coast Guard spokesperson said it’s too soon to determine why they went under water. The boats and barge were unoccupied. The tugboats held nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Coast Guard. The agency remained on the scene as the effort to keep fuel from spilling downstream was underway. more

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