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Construction Tug Sinks In Potomac River

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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A tugboat that was being used as part of the Big Slackwater reconstruction and stabilization project near Hagerstown, Maryland, sank on Wednesday night. It was tied to the work dock at the time. It was recovered from the Potomac River yesterday afternoon by the contractor, Cianbro, Inc., using the on-site crane.  Officials from the park and Maryland Natural Resource Police monitored the recovery effort. The tugboat, which sank in approximately 20 feet of water, was carrying 200 gallons of diesel fuel. Two containment booms were placed around the tug’s perimeter to control any spillage and the contractor surveyed the water between the accident scene and Dam Number 4.  Fortunately, none of the diesel fuel was spilled and a potential environmental hazard was averted. The reconstruction of the towpath at Big Slackwater has been underway since late summer 2010. This project will restore a section of the C&O Canal towpath that was destroyed by flooding in 1996. [



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