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Sunken towboat lifted from waterway

A towboat that sank in the Sabine-Neches Waterway Aug. 21, and caused a temporary closure of the waterway, was successfully lifted out of the water Wednesday evening.

T&T Marine, a contractor hired by the towboat company, refloated and towed the towboat Louise to Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service. The vessel was dry-docked and is awaiting inspection and potential repairs.

A small amount of residual oil on the water was removed by oil spill responders using oil spill containment and absorbent booms.

The Coast Guard fully re-opened the waterway without restrictions.

Coast Guard personnel continue to investigate the incident.