At about 1530 local time on April 17, 2017, while attempting to maneuver a string of barges from a barge fleet on the right descending bank of the Lower Mississippi River near mile marker (mm) 940, about 4 miles from Columbus, Kentucky, the uninspected towing vessel Todd Brown collided with the lead barges moored downriver and sank. Before the sinking, all six crewmembers abandoned the vessel by climbing aboard the barges without reported injury. Approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel were released during salvage operations but later recovered. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $1.5 million.
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