Tow boat sinks on Ohio River

A sunken tow boat will remain under 70 feet of water in the Ohio River until the water levels go down.

Paducah Coast Guard Spokesperson Dan McQuate told Local 6 a tow boat sank near Golconda, Illinois Wednesday night.  A 3.5 mile portion of the river was closed to traffic until about noon on Thursday.

Based on the initial investigation, McQuate said the tow boat was backing away from several barges when a strong current turned the tow boat sideways, sliding it under the barges.

No one was injured.  McQuate said once the water levels subside, a salvage team from Murray plans to begin removing the boat from the water.

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