Sunken Towboat Introduces Coast Guard Officer to LeClaire - AUDIO

December  09, 2013

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Dozens of people from all over the country are working in LeClaire, Iowa, helping salvage a sunken towboat and clean up after the oil spill in the Mississippi River. One of them is Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class, Mariana O'Leary, who's currently based in Norfolk, Virginia. 

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with O'Leary. (Click the "play" icon on the audio player, located under the image.)

This morning, O'Leary said a crew from the Coast Guard and Marquette Transportation has placed a sling around the towboat to lift it out of the water. The crew and employees from other agencies have been working in frigid temperatures since late last week.  Freezing water on the Mississippi River is hampering cleanup efforts from the oil spill. After all the water is pumped out of the towboat, the company plans to haul it downriver to be repaired.

(Coast Guard photo, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally)