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Delta Mariner moved from collapsed bridge to safe harbor

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MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The Delta Mariner has been moved to a safe harbor on Kentucky Lake.

Salvage workers cut the Delta Mariner free from subsurface bridge debris at 10:15 a.m., Monday, according to Foss Maritime owner and operator of the ship.

Lt. Jennifer Jessee with the Coast Guard says the Delta Mariner has been moved to a safe port or refuge mooring at mile marker 40.5 on Kentucky Lake.  It is sitting outside of the shipping channel.

The 8,400 ton cargo vessel carrying parts for NASA crashed into the 80-year-old bridge Thursday, Jan. 26.  A 322-foot span of the bridge was ripped away.  No one was injured.

Crews will continue removing remaining portions of the bridge from the bow of the ship once it is safely secured a mile from its current location.

The area has been reopened underneath the Eggner's Ferry Bridge for shipping and recreational traffic.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet technicians placed laser markers on the bridge that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Research Center to detect movement down to a fraction of an inch.

The focus of the ongoing study is the stability of three piers that may have been damaged when the Delta Mariner struck the bridge.

As a backup to the high-tech mointoring, engineers are taking a more traditional approach by surveying the bridge structure and continuing a variety of other prep work aimed at gathering detailed information that may be required to repair the structure, according KYTC.

Lt. Jessee says there will still be a crew working to recover the debris that is sitting on the bottom of the lake, but that is the fourth phase and final phase of the salvage process.  She says that the area is 60 feet deep.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from MSU Paducah remain on site to ensure safety of salvage operations.

The Coast Guard is working with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Foss Maritime and Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

There is no timeline on when the US Coast Guard investigation will wrap up.

The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

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