The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

July 8, 2013

Miss. River reopens south of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a tugboat that sank in the Mississippi River, prompting the closure of a stretch of the river south of New Orleans over the weekend.

The Mississippi from its mouth to mile-marker 10 was reopened Sunday night to alternating one-way vessel traffic after no navigation hazards were detected. The Coast Guard said in a news release that it was unclear when the stretch of river would be open to two-way traffic.

Authorities are still searching for the 48-foot tug C-Pec, which sank Saturday. The cause isn't known. Two people aboard were rescued.

One cruise ship bound for New Orleans was diverted to Mobile, Ala. A second cruise ship is due in port Monday morning and will depart New Orleans Monday afternoon.

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