That’s what Lieutenant Daniel J. McQuate, public information officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Paducah, said Monday afternoon. The barge, he said, had broken away from an ADM grain facility that is located roughly four miles away from the bridge.
However, the barge was only about a mile from the bridge when the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was notified, said KyTC Spokesman Keith Todd.
“There was not a current on the lake, but … it was really windy Saturday, so it was just pushing it. We got reports that it was moving up to 5 miles per hour.” McQuate said. “Marshall County (Rescue) sent a fire boat out, and they were able to wrangle it up, which was pretty impressive.”
Marshall County Rescue personnel were able to get it pushed up to shore at Turkey Bay, and later that night a tugboat that had dropped it off earlier in the day picked it up and brought it back to the grain facility, said McQuate.
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