Partially sunken towboat in Mississippi River raised, to be prepared for towing to repair shop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a partially sunken towboat has been raised from the Mississippi River at LeClaire two weeks after it hit something in the river and took on water.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Jaclyn Young says shortly after noon cranes had the boat lifted so that it looked as if it was sitting normally in the water again.

Workers continued to pump out the remaining water, fuel and oil.

Once it’s confirmed the boat has no other damage and it’s ready to move, it will be towed to a repair facility in Illinois about 300 miles downriver.

A hole measuring about 12-by-30 inches along a seam on the bottom near the rear has been patched.

Most of the spilled diesel fuel and oil has been cleaned up.

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