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Tug sinks as barge goes aground

The Coast Guard was notified at 7:35 p.m. on Monday night that a 26-foot towing vessel had lost control of the 125-foot deck barge it was towing following an interaction with a large swell off of Atlantic Beach, N.Y.

After the towing vessel and deck barge separated, the vessel sank and the barge was pushed up onto the beach at Silver Point County Park, where its owners, under Coast Guard supervision, are devising a plan to safely remove the barge.

The exact cause of the separation and the subsequent sinking of the towing vessel are under investigation.

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