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C&D Canal Collision

I have local friend who witnessed the salvage and one in the fire department.

Here are a few pics and information:
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The 14-mile channel connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River was closed early Monday after a tugboat pushing a barge collided with a sailboat. The sailboat, a nearly century-old 45-foot vessel called the Heron, sank almost instantly.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kyle Niemi said investigators have not discovered what caused the accident. The Heron and the Schuylkill collided at 3:30 a.m. Monday in the canal off Kentmore Park, about two miles west of Chesapeake City, according to Niemi, who is based in Atlantic City, N.J.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Edward Voight said the schooner was heading east on the western approach to the canal about 3:30 a.m. when it collided with the tugboat Schuylkill in the center of the channel about 1.5 miles west of the Chesapeake City Bridge.

A man and his two daughters were rescued by tugboat crew members, Voight said.

The three were taken to Union Hospital in Elkton, Md., after paramedics treated them at the scene for minor injuries.

The father and one daughter were treated at the hospital and released. The other daughter remained hospitalized Monday, but Voight said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Kip Wadlow said the canal was closed to commercial traffic as a precaution.

"It poses a hazard to navigation and the Army Corps wants to make sure the debris is out of the water so it doesn't pose a risk to water traffic," Wadlow said.


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