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HELENA-WEST HELENA — A towboat fire has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close a 10-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between northeastern Arkansas and northwestern Mississippi.

A Coast Guard statement said the fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday aboard the uninspected towing vessel Jacob Kyle Rusthoven near Helena-West Helena. The vessel was pushed to the Arkansas-side riverbank, where firefighting efforts continued.

The Coast Guard reported 13,300 gallons of fuel were aboard the vessel, but no pollution had been reported. Its crew members also were reported safe.

The Coast Guard reopened the river shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday while efforts to extinguish the fire continued.

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  • Inquirer51
    September 12, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

    I believe the writer meant Western or perhaps Northwestern Mississippi and Southeastern Arkansas. The Mississippi River is nowhere near Northwest Arkansas. nor is Northwest Arkansas anywhere near Northeast Mississippi. If they were that close, the Razorbacks could take an easy bus ride to Oxford to play Ole Miss. I'd expect a little more from the editors of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

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