Tug freed after being stuck

PITTSBURGH The tug Elizabeth D was freed Wednesday after becoming grounded on Monday in a shallow section of the Ohio River, near the Steubenville water plant intake on Ohio Route 7.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported the tug was refloated and personnel on scene, including a marine surveyor, conducted a damage survey of the vessel and declared it seaworthy. The Elizabeth D was towed to a nearby mooring location down river to remain overnight along with salvage vessels that assisted in the response operation, the Coast Guard reported.

The tug will be towed to Neville Island, Pa., today.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson. The tug was pushing 12 empty barges when it became grounded on Monday.