On March 7, the 64 foot long towboat Ms Nancy C sank in Everett Lake (Mississippi River) near Dyersburg, Tennessee. The Ms Nancy C was preparing a tow when it sprung a leak in the stern. The crew started the pumps and determined another dewatering pump was needed. The crew went ashore to get another pump. When the crew returned, they found the Ms Nancy C had already partially sank by the stern.
The Coast Guard was alerted and booms were placed around the towboat. Reports state the Ms Nancy C had 3000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 22, the 18 meter long towboat Leland Speaks caught fire on the Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi. The Leland Speaks was pushing 21 barges when fire broke out on the towboat. The crew was unable to extinguish the blaze and requested assistance. Local towboats responded and rescued the eight crew. No reports of injuries. The towboats pushed the burning Leland Speaks aground near the riverbank. No reports of pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 24, the towboat Virginia Renee sank on the Mississippi River at Hickman Landing near Blytheville, Arkansas. The towboat had sunk at its berth releasing oil pollution into the river. Booms and absorbent pads were placed around the Virginia Renee to contain the pollution.
Reports state the towboat had some 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of injuries.