Vessel sunk in Ohio River with estimated 4,990 gallons of diesel fuel

Vessel sunk in Ohio River with estimated 4,990 gallons of diesel fuel
The U.S. Coast Guard says a towing vessel capsized near Chesire, Ohio on Friday.

CHESHIRE, OH (FOX19) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a towing vessel capsized on the Ohio River in Cheshire, Ohio on Friday.

The incident happened between Ohio and West Virginia, on the Ohio River, at mile marker 259 at 1 p.m.

The Coast Guard said that all three crewmembers who were aboard the vessel have been taken to a local hospital and were reported to be in stable condition.

The vessel, called Ed McLaughlin, is owned by McGinnis Marine, and it sunk with an estimated 4,900 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Light sheening was reported around the vessel.

The Marine Safety Unit was called to the scene to investigate if the vessel was leaking fuel and to provide initial assessments of potential environmental and waterway impacts, according to the press release.

“There have been no reports of fuel discharging,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lexie Preston.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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