The 155 foot long towboat Jeffrey G with its string of 30 barges allided with the old bridge over the Mississippi River at Viscksburg, Mississippi. The Jeffrey G was heading downriver when it struck the bridge with several barges breaking free. One barge loaded with grain sank while several other barges floated downriver. Other towboats were able to recover the barges that broke free. No reports of injuries. Reports state the barges did not contain any hazardous materials. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 25 meter long towboat Karibu O 01 allided with a gate on the Havel-Oder Canal near Eberswalde, Germany. The towboat was headed for Berlin with barges loaded with pig iron when it struck the gate. The Karibu O 01 had its wheelhouse torn off and two men onboard sustained slight injuries. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. The local fire brigade arrived on scene and placed around the towboat. Hydraulic lines from the towboat had been severed and some pollution was around the vessel. The water gate sustained significant damage and traffic was halted. The water police detained the Karibu 0 01 until it completed an investigation into the incident.
On April 13, the 55 foot long towboat Charley Wallace sank on the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois. Reports state the towboat had over 1000 gallons of diesel fuel on board when it completely sank on the river. Authorities state a sheen can be seen above the wreck. The Coast Guard has dispatched an unit from Paducah to the scene. No reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation.