At about 0035 local time on September 5, 2017, the crew of the towing vessel Savage Ingenuity was maneuvering two empty tank barges in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near mile marker (mm) 245 in Sulphur, Louisiana, with the assistance of another vessel. While the tow’s starboard side was almost perpendicular to the current, the vessel heeled to starboard and flooded through an open engine room door. The towboat sank partially, its bow being held above the water by the head line connected to the barges. All five crewmembers escaped to the barges without reported injury. Approximately 11,800 gallons of diesel oil were released into the waterway, most of which was not recovered. Damage to the Savage Ingenuity was estimated at $1,350,000.