A crewman took an unexpected ride down the Ohio River near Wheeling, West Virginia. The man was working on shifting cargo on a fully loaded coal barge when the mooring lines broke loose. For 15 minutes, the crewman floated down the Ohio River towards the Pike Island lock and dam. A towboat responded and was able to safely rescue the crewman. The barge was secured, but only 100 yards from the dam. The Coast Guard reported that several days of heavy rain was to blame for the barge breaking loose. There was no injuries, damage or pollution released.