There’s nothing like good help especially during an emergency. Thankfully, there was a fellow ship nearby to rescue the five crew members of the St. Rita owned by Marquette Transportation Company.
At approximately 3 p.m Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that the St. Rita, sank on the right descending bank on the Mississippi River near LaPlace, La.
“We are working with our federal, state and local partners and the responsible party to oversee the salvage and clean-up operations with the goal of minimizing the impact to the Marine Transportation System and the environment,” said Cmdr. Zachary Ford, Chief of the Sector New Orleans Response Department.
The St. Rita is estimated to have approximately 13,000 gallons of diesel on board.
A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter was diverted to conduct an overflight of the sunken vessel and reported a visible sheen from mile marker 132 to mile marker 117.
A Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Incident Management Team was also deployed and conducted a visual shoreline assessment with representatives from Marquette Transportation and confirmed a silvery, rainbow colored non recoverable sheen on the river.
There are no reported impacts to vessel traffic and the river remains open.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.