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Fuel-Laden Tanker Rams Barges in Louisiana; 3 Sink

October 22, 1987|Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A tanker carrying 30,000 tons of jet fuel swerved toward the bank of the Mississippi River and smashed into a moored barge fleet, sinking three barges and damaging three others, the Coast Guard said.

The 700-foot tanker Seabravery received a four- to five-foot gash above the waterline but did not leak any of its cargo and did not take on any water in the accident Tuesday, said Glenn Lamont, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The cause of the accident, which occurred about 6 miles upstream from New Orleans, has not been determined, Lamont said.

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