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8th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Dec. 01, 2013

Contact: Joint Information Center

Office: (563) 505-4548

MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Stephen L. Colby Response crews shift to salvage operations

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please click on the images below to download high resolution video and photos.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - Crews for the Stephen L. Colby Response continue to work around the clock, focusing on the safety of the public and responders involved, on continually reducing the impact to the environment and protecting the wildlife around the area, Dec. 1, 2013. The towboat Stephen L. Colby reportedly struck a submerged object in the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa Nov. 25. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - Crews for the Stephen L. Colby Response continue to work around the clock, focusing on the safety of the public and responders involved, on continually reducing the impact to the environment and protecting the wildlife around the area, Dec. 1, 2013. The towboat Stephen L. Colby reportedly struck a submerged object in the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa Nov. 25. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - The towboat Stephen L. Colby sits boomed off on the right descending bank of the Mississippi River near downtown LeClaire while response crews conduct cleanup and salvage operations, Dec. 1, 2013. The Stephen L. Colby sank after hitting a submerged object Nov. 25 and response crews have been working to minimize the impact to the public and environment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - The towboat Stephen L. Colby sits boomed off on the right descending bank of the Mississippi River near downtown LeClaire while response crews conduct cleanup and salvage operations, Dec. 1, 2013. The Stephen L. Colby sank after hitting a submerged object Nov. 25 and response crews have been working to minimize the impact to the public and environment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - Crews for the Stephen L. Colby Response continue to conduct cleanup operations along the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa as they shift to salvage operations, Dec. 1, 20313. The response crews are planning on raising the vessel from the riverbed within the next few days. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Byron Black.

LECLAIRE, Iowa - Crews for the Stephen L. Colby Response continue to conduct cleanup operations along the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa as they shift to salvage operations, Dec. 1, 20313. The response crews are planning on raising the vessel from the riverbed within the next few days. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Byron Black.

The unified command urges the community not to handle any wildlife for public and wildlife safety, but to immediately contact the Joint Information Center at 563-505-4548.

To report a property claim related to the incident please contact 1-800-280-7118.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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