MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The first phase of the Coast Guard investigation into the barge explosions that critically injured three people on the Mobile River Wednesday, April 24, is now over according to officials.
The Coast Guard joined other agencies including OSHA, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in the investigation last week.
Friday, May 3, Ensign Matt Parker with the Coast Guard said, "We've gathered all our evidence that we need to put together our preliminary investigation."
As far as releasing details of what they found, Parker said, "They're putting together a time frame right now."
FATE OF THE BARGES
While investigating the barges docked at the Oil Recovery Company site, Coast Guard Lt. Mike Clausen talked about their final fate.
Clausen said, "We'll take the barges, monitor them. They'll get towed to a salvage yard five miles away down the Mobile River, and they'll be scrapped for salvage metal."
That process hasn't happened yet.
Parker said, "It has not been transported. It's supposed to go to a recycling facility in Chickasaw. That is in the plan, however. It has not made it there as of now. "
Coast Guard officials said the barges will be taken to Southern Recycling located on Industrial Canal Road in Mobile.
The manager of the business was out of town May 1. Workers said they're expecting the barges to arrive, but don't know when.
TIMETABLE ON FINDINGS
According to officials, the results of the investigation won't be available immediately after the barge arrives at Southern Recycling.
Lt. Clausen said the process will take a "long, long time." He also said the findings have to be given to all agencies, which can ask questions before a final report is released.
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