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Coal Barge Stuck on Sandbar

Top view of Tugboat pushing a heavy barge on the riverOn Monday January 8th, inclement weather led to coal barges breaking loose on the Intracoastal Waterway. A company transporting coal from Mobile, Alabama to the Gulf Power Plant Crist in Pensacola had four barges break away, grounding them in the Fort Pickens Area. By Tuesday, three of the barges had been recovered.

According to spokespeople from Gulf Power, there was no coal spillage as a result of the accident. However, no updated information has been provided by the tow companies on the current situation regarding coal spillage. There has been no visible environmental damage caused by the situation so far, and it is not expected to create any problems if contact with Gulf water happens, as it was carrying unoxidized coal.

Several attempts have been made to recover the grounded barge, beginning with an Ocean Atlas Tugboat on Thursday afternoon. Bayou Chico sent two more tugboats in the hopes of recovering the barge on Thursday evening. Alternate attempts were set to be made by a crane barge from Mobile. The main concern was lightening the weight of the barge before it settles into the sandbar, making it even more difficult to remove.  

If you or someone you know has been involved in a boating accident in the Pensacola area, reach out to our team of attorneys today. With boating accidents on the rise, our team is here to help. Call our office to schedule your free consultation today, and we can advise you on the best next steps for your case.

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