LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — Workers repairing a towboat on the Mississippi River at LeClaire are in a race against time to get patches completed and the boat ready to move before temperatures dip into the single digits by Friday night.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O'Leary said the boat has a hole measuring about 12 inches by 30 inches along a seam on the bottom near the rear. The boat leaked oil and diesel fuel after it hit something in the river Nov. 25 and partially sank.
O'Leary said most of the spill has been cleaned up. Absorbent booms encircle the boat to catch anything that leaks out as workers raise the tugboat to patch the hole and seal it up so it can be towed to a repair facility.
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