Towboat owner says it will pay costs of sinking

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — The company that owns a towboat that sank in the Mississippi River in LeClaire pledged to pay all the costs of the accident and to ensure the area is thoroughly rid of spilled fuel.

Chris Myskowski, senior vice president of operations for Marquette Transportation Co. of Paducah, Ky., said at a LeClaire City Council meeting Monday that the company is responsible for the costs incurred. He vowed conditions in the water would return to normal.

The Stephen L. Colby hit a submerged object in the Mississippi River on Nov. 25 before it began to sink. Nine crew members escaped without injury.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/18ACD7P ) efforts to raise the towboat began Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard says about 59,000 gallons of oily water has been recovered from the river.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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