Crew safe after vessel fire on lower Mississippi River

Crew safe after vessel fire on lower Mississippi River
The Jacob Kyle Rusthoven caught fire on the lower Mississippi River near West Haven, Arkansas. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles/U.S. Coast Guard District 8)

WEST HELENA, AR (KFVS) - The Coast Guard responded to a vessel fire on the lower Mississippi River near West Helena, Arkansas on Wednesday, September 12.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification at 10:30 a.m. of a fire aboard the vessel Jacob Kyle Rusthoven near mile marker 673.

According to the Coast Guard, the Jacob Kyle Rusthoven was pushed to the Arkansas bank of the river where firefighting efforts continued. They said there is a reported 13,300 gallons of fuel on-board with no reports of pollution at this time.

A waterway closure was issued between mile marker 664 and mile marker 674 on the Mississippi River.

The crew of the Jacob Kyle Rusthoven were reported safe.

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