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Tugboat, Barge Runs Aground Near Wilmington

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The tugboat "Miss Gill" and tank barge "Delaware" aground off Wilmington, Del., Friday. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard) The tugboat "Miss Gill" and tank barge "Delaware" aground off Wilmington, Del., Friday. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

WILMINGTON, Del. - A tugboat and barge ran aground Friday in the Delaware Bay off of Wilmington, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The tugboat named "Miss Gill," as well as the barge, ran aground Friday morning, the Coast Guard said, but have since been safely re-floated.

Personnel from the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia arrived on the scene, and Kirby Offshore Marine, the company that owns the barge, developed a salvage plan, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard sent out an investigator and a marine inspector. No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the grounding. 

"The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring public safety and environmental stewardship," said Capt. Scott Anderson, the deputy commander of Sector Delaware Bay. "Our people are highly trained to respond to these types of situations and mitigate potential hazards."

The barge, "Delaware," was carrying about 1.3 million gallons of asphalt. 

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