Mississippi River closed near Baton Rouge after towboat sinks: U.S. Coast Guard

(Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic on Thursday near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after a towboat sank in the major commodity shipping waterway.

The river was closed from mile marker 224.5 to 226 while a Coast Guard team monitors the water for any signs of pollution and an Army Corps of Engineers crew searches for the sunken towboat.

Four crew members aboard the vessel Michelle Ann were rescued with no reported injuries, the Coast Guard said.

Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago; Editing by Sandra Maler

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