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Boat Blocks the Rhine as Water Level Starts Creeping Higher (1)

Aug. 17, 2022, 4:50 PM

A vessel blocked the Rhine River after suffering a technical fault, yet another glitch for the key waterway that has become difficult to navigate because of drought.

A section of the river between St. Goar and Oberwesel was closed, a spokesman for the WSA water authority said on Wednesday morning. That’s on a narrow part of the river near the closely watched Kaub chokepoint.

Cargo ships help salvage the ‘Arctic Circle’ vessel following a technical fault, on the Rhine River near Oberwesel, Germany, on Aug. 17.
Photographer: Thomas Frey/picture alliance/Getty Images

The blockage occurred just as the water level at Kaub is starting to edge higher. After falling as low as 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) earlier this week, it’s now forecast to reach 49 centimeters (19.3 ...