Towing Vessel Sinks in Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported the capsize and sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Illinois, Wednesday night.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watchstanders were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The David Dunnigan reportedly capsized, sank and drifted down river. The exact location of the sunken vessel is unknown at this time, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley Captain of the Port, Capt. Richard Timme, has restricted vessel operations from mile marker 896.5 to mile marker 900 on the Ohio River as a precaution until the position of the vessel is determined.

The towing vessel is reportedly carrying an estimated 3,000 gallons of fuel oil on board.

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, are on scene and will supervise response and recovery efforts.

There were no reported injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Ohio River has been under a flood warning for the past several days amid melting snow in the midwest. The warning was cancelled Thursday morning as water receded below flood levels.