Crews will attempt to retrieve snagged barges

Published 12:05 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NATCHEZ — Later today an attempt will be made to retrieve three barges entangled on the pylons of the Mississippi River Bridge.

At approximately 9 p.m. Monday night a fleet of barges struck the bridge, while most floated downstream, three remained hung-up on the bridge’s pylons.

Vidalia Dock and Storage’s port captain Travis Morace said a tugboat will be used to wrangle and free the tangled barges.

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Coast Guard Lt. Teresa Hatfield said of the 24 loose barges on the river all but one has been accounted for.

Its whereabouts are still unknown.