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Coast Guard continues to monitor Mississippi River after tugs sink over weekend

Coast Guard continues to monitor Mississippi River after tugs sink over weekend
Photo provided by WDSU, NBC News, New Orleans.

POSTED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 10:04am

The Coast Guard Pollution Response Team is monitoring an area of the Mississippi River where two tug boats sank over the weekend.
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It happened Saturday morning in a stretch of the river near Audubon Park.

A Coast Guard spokesman tells WDSU that 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel has been released due to the accident, but boom has been placed around the site, and the area has been contained.

The Coast Guard says there's the potential that 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel could be released.

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