Recreational river traffic is now open in the area where the Delta Mariner crashed into Eggners Ferry Bridge.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, salvage workers successfully cut the Delta Mariner free from subsurface bridge debris around 10:15 this morning and will continue removing debris now that the ship has been moved a mile away from the crash site.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Jennifer Jessee says the debris removal operation is a five-step process and crews are in phase four in removing debris.
A 25-foot response boat and a crew from the Marine Safety Unit based our of Paducah will remain on site to ensure the safety of salvage operations.
Commercial river traffic at the site has been open for over a week and U.S. Coast Guard officials say the investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.