Recovery Efforts Begin for Sunken Crane Barge
LEDBETTER, KY - Divers have been examining submerged structures around a sunken crane barge at the site of a new U.S. 60 bridge near Ledbetter as recovery efforts begin.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd told The Paducah Sun that divers looked at the structure Monday morning to provide more detailed information about the barge's damage to the site contractor, C.J. Mahan Contracting. The contracting firm hopes the dive will yield information about how to repair and refloat the barge.
The barge platform supports a 280-foot construction crane. It was found to be listing into the Ohio River over Memorial Day weekend. Workers allowed the barge to settle to the bottom of the Livingston County shoreline. Booms surround the site to prevent oil seeping into the river.