The 70 foot long, 140 ton towboat Jim Marko sank on the Mississippi River off the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge near St. Louis, Missouri. The reason for the vessel sinking was unknown, but the four crew on board were able to abandon ship and later rescued. Fuel pollution was spotted on the surface. Reports state the Jim Marko had some 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Authorities have dispatched a pollution control team to the area to contain any pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
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