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A tugboat hauling a barge. (Credit: AP)

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LEMONT, Ill. (CBS) — A half dozen tugboat crew members are safe Thursday morning, after being involved in an accident in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, at 4:34 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call from the tugboat Dale White, which was heading down the canal near the Hannah Marine Corporation Wharf and Barge in Lemont, when it crashed into a submerged object, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Mike Day.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

Six people were on board of the tugboat at the time of the crash.

No injuries were reported, Day said. Three other vessels reportedly helped the Dale White move up against a wall and were aiding in getting water out of the boat.

The tugboat was hauling one empty barge at the time of the crash, according to Day.

Coast Guard officials are in contact with the vessel, but did not need to send any help because the situation appeared to be in hand.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.