The towing vessel Sonny J partially sank on Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, Louisiana. The vessel was proceeding in southern direction en route to Natchez, when started getting water ingress in engine compartment, which started flooding. The crew reacted immediately, leaving the fairway and reporting the accident the the local authorities. During the accident on board of the tug Sonny J there were 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board, but fortunately the fuel tank vents remained above water and have been plugged. At the scene of the troubled vessel were sent oil spill response teams, which laid oil booms and sorbent material around the towing vessel and there is light sheening within the boomed area.
Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries among the crew. The root cause of the incident was under investigation. Coast Guard teams are assessing the situation and considering the refloating of the troubled towing vessel.
The towing tug Sonny J has overall length of 20.0 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 2.00 m.