Coast Guard contains oil product leaking from sunken boat at abandoned marina

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard is investigating a sunken vessel in Calabash, N.C. that they received a report on from the National Response Center on Nov. 16.

The Red Snapper, a small recreational vessel, had partially sunk and was giving off a sheen from residual oil onboard.

Marine Safety Unit Wilmington responded to assess the situation and the potential impact the sheen could have on the marine environment.

The responding Coast Guard personnel deployed containment boom around the sheen, and the owner attempted over the course of a few days to raise the vessel but was unsuccessful.

When it become known that the vessel owner had several warrants for his arrest in South Carolina, the Coast Guard alerted the Horry County, S.C. Sheriff’s Department.

“We enjoy the great Coast Guard relationship we have,” said Chief Deputy Paul Butler of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office. “The citizens of our area benefit greatly from the inter-agency relationships, which aid to carry out the multi-missions.”

Lt. Wayne Reed of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit said, “The Coast Guard remains committed to enforcing laws that aim to protect the environment and waterway users. The collaborative efforts of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard Detachment Myrtle Beach, and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Wilmington were critical to the successful outcome of this case.”

The vessel no longer poses a threat to the environment, and this case remains under investigation by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Wilmington.

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