Coast Guard says sunken barge no risk to river traffic

VICKSBURG — Authorities say the barge that sank after hitting a bridge on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg poses no dangers to shipping or the environment.

Coast Guard Capt. Bill Drelling said today that the barge is in 80 feet of water so there’s no risk of other barges hitting it.

No decision has been made on removing the barge from the river.

Drelling says it was carrying petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refinement process. He says petroleum coke is not a danger to the environment.

Drelling says coal is being removed from two other barges. One is pinned down river against the bank and the other is stuck on a dike.

He says the coal will be removed and the barges taken in for repairs.

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