Tugboat catches fire in Mississippi River near Poland Avenue Wharf
The engine of a tugboat pushing six barges in the Mississippi River caught fire near the Poland Avenue Wharf Monday afternoon (May 7), according to the New Orleans Harbor Police and the New Orleans Fire Department.
Captain Edwin Holmes said in a news release the fire was reported just after 12:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, there was heavy smoke billowing from a tugboat named Uncle Robert. The Port of New Orleans came to assist with their fireboat, Kelly.
Holmes said when the crew aboard Uncle Robert realized the tugboat was on fire, they attempted to dock the boat, but struck another vessel in the process. Three deck hands on the second boat were injured in the crash, Holmes said, and they were brought to the hospital by EMS.
Port of New Orleans spokesman Donnell Jackson called the crew members' injuries "minor."
Jac kson also said one of the barges Uncle Robert was pulling became loose and struck the Poland Avenue Wharf, leaving visible damage. Another loose barge collided with a barge that was tied to a nearby vessel, Jackson said.
Jackson said the full extent of the damage to the wharf is still being assessed, but said the crash left a few pilings cracked. All six barges were carrying scrap metal, and according to Jackson, none of the cargo spilled into the river.
Homes said the fire was under control at 2:26 p.m. and said the cause is under investigation.
Staff reporter Emily Lane contributed to this story.Source: Google News Poland | Netizen 24 Poland