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Mississippi River reopened to traffic after tugboat sinks

July 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

NEW ORLEANS, July 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said late Sunday it reopened a 10-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near New Orleans that had been closed after a tugboat sank.

The area above Head of Passes was deemed to be safe for navigation, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

"Survey operations are ongoing in an effort to locate the sunken 48-foot tug boat C-Pec between mile marker eight and Head of Passes," the Coast Guard said in a release.

The Coast Guard said it was still trying to determine why the tug capsized and sank Saturday, the newspaper said. Two people aboard the tug were rescued.

The closure created a bottleneck for dozens of cargo and other vessels heading up and down the river.

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