JAMESTOWN, R.I.—Officials say they need more time to raise a barge that sank in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay during last month's winter storm.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the 120-foot barge is upside down and partially submerged in mud. It had 2,400 gallons of diesel fuel onboard when it sank.
Officials had initially planned to raise the barge quickly but have had to bring in a contractor to do the work. A spokeswoman for the state's Turnpike and Bridge Authority says divers are returning to the barge Monday to determine how long the work will take.
The barge was operated by a contractor hired to paint the Pell Bridge, which connects Newport to Jamestown.
Divers sealed fuel tanks last week after "minor" amounts of oil were seen on the surface.