LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — The company that owns a towboat that sank in the Mississippi River has pledged to pay all the costs of the accident and to ensure that spilled fuel is cleaned up.
Chris Myskowski, senior vice president of operations for Marquette Transportation Co. of Paducah, Ky., vowed at a LeClaire City Council meeting that conditions would return to normal.
“Marquette is fully responsible for all the costs incurred, and we plan on making things as good as they were on Monday at 4 o’clock (before the accident) as opposed to what it is right now,” he said Monday.
The Stephen L. Colby hit a submerged object on Nov. 25. Its nine crew members escaped without injury.
The U.S. Coast Guard is still trying to figure out how much diesel fuel and oil was spilled.
Efforts to raise the towboat began Monday, and officials are racing to get the boat out before frigid weather arrives. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O’Leary of the Coast Guard said she hopes to finish raising the boat this week.