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Coal removed from barges that partially sank on Mississippi River

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One of the loose barges in Cape Girardeau were coal was being removed (Source: Alycia Reitenbach) One of the loose barges in Cape Girardeau were coal was being removed (Source: Alycia Reitenbach)
A loose coal barge. (Source: Todd Tumminia, KFVS) A loose coal barge. (Source: Todd Tumminia, KFVS)
Barges on the river. (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) Barges on the river. (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Coal was being removed from partially sunken barges on the Mississippi River on Cape Girardeau's waterfront.

A large crane was put into place on Tuesday to remove the coal.

Okie Moore Diving & Salvage and Army Corps of Engineers were at the site.

A company spokesperson tells Heartland News that Okie Moore Diving & Salvage from St. Charles, Missouri will eventually removed the sunken barges.

A total of seven barges broke off near the Cape Girardeau area in March.

Paducah Coast Guard Public Affairs official Lt. Dan McQuate says coal in three partially sunk barges on the Mississippi River is mainly contained in the barges and not floating out into the river.

On March 24, around the 60 mile marker in Union County on the river, the tug Sheila Johnson carrying 25 barges hit something in the water and 13 barges broke loose. McQuate said three barges were damaged and had partially sunk.

Two of the barges partially sank at the 57.4 mile marker and one barge partially sank at the Cape Riverfront.

According to McQuate, equipment is on the way to clean up the coal. He said this process will take some time to get all the coal and barges cleaned up. 

Missouri Dry Dock was called in to tie up four loose barges.

One barge was roped off because it could cause a danger if the rope the barge is tied to snaps.

The Bill Emerson bridge that leads from Cape Girardeau into Illinois was closed due to the barges being loose.

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