Towboat Sinks In Kanawha River, 1 Worker Missing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Poca, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a missing worker after a towboat sank in the Kanawha River in Putnam County.

Putnam County 911 dispatcher Julie Skidmore says the accident was reported about 2 a.m. Monday.

The coast guard says the towboat had two crew members on board when it sank between Winfield and Poca.

The 67-foot vessel had about 4,000 gallons of fuel oil on board and some of it spilled into the river.

One crew member was rescued and several fire departments are searching the shoreline and water for the missing worker.

The river remains closed to vessel traffic and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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