Cargo ship grounds near mouth of Mississippi, blocks others

The Coast Guard says a ship loaded with coal has run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River, blocking more than 50 incoming and outgoing vessels

PILOTTOWN, La. -- The Coast Guard says a ship loaded with coal has run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River, blocking more than 50 incoming and outgoing vessels.

A news release says the agency learned Friday morning that the United Kingdom-flagged Anglo Alexandria was blocking the navigation channel at river mile 3.5 near the community of Pilottown.

It says there are more queued-up vessels normal because the area's been very foggy for days.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Lora Ratliff says the cargo ship is carrying coal to New Orleans. The cause of the grounding is being investigated. Ratliff says the river's water level is considered high.

New Orleans is about 70 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Pilottown, but about 88 miles (140 kilometers) away along the winding river.