Cleanup crews staged to remove diesel from grounded fishing vessel

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is monitoring the efforts of cleanup crews to remove 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel from the fishing vessel that ran aground on the rocks at 3 a.m., today in Point Judith, R.I.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services is planning to stretch a hose from a vacuum tanker truck on shore 300 feet out to the fishing vessel Blue Sea at about 9 a.m., Tuesday, when they will remove the diesel fuel.

This afternoon, divers anchored the Blue Sea in two places to keep it from moving down the beach and to minimize impact with rocks.

Two members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, the Coast Guard’s pollution response specialists based in Elizabeth City, N.C., are scheduled to arrive about 10 p.m., and will oversee the removal operations Tuesday.

The Blue Sea’s three-eighths-inch steel fuel tanks, which are separated from the hull, are an advantage Coast Guard personnel are grateful to have, said Chief Petty Officer Mark Bisnette, the federal on-scene coordinator. He said they provide an extra layer of protection between the diesel fuel and Narragansett Bay.

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