On July 10, crews located and recovered the 48-foot tugboat that sank in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., on Saturday. After the vessel was removed from the water, the Missisippi River, which had been closed partially or completely since the incident, was deemed safe for navigation and reopened, the AP reports.
Vessels from the Army Corps of Engineers vessels and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and six contracted vessels had been conducting surveys for days to search for the sunken vessel and verify conditions along the edge of the channel. The accident forced the diversion of a cruise vessel from New Orleans to Mobile, Ala.
The cause of the sinking of tugboat C-Pec is under investigation, the Coast Guard said.