Coast Guard Coordinaes Cleanup from Sunken Shrimping Vessel

JOHN’S PASS, Fla. – The Coast Guard is coordinating the cleanup efforts of the Rodac, a 33-foot commercial shrimping vessel homeported in Reddington Beach, Fla., that sunk Friday at the entrance to John’s Pass, Fla.

The Coast Guard received a call at about 10:15 p.m. Friday from Rodac’s captain reporting the vessel was aground and taking on water with three people aboard at the entrance to John’s Pass. Sea Tow Tampa Bay arrived on scene at about 10:30 p.m. Friday and removed the three crewmembers but were unable to salvage the vessel. The crewmembers reported no injuries and were taken to shore.

Rodac sunk to its deck plates and is listed to port on a sandbar. The vessel is reported to have about 200 gallons of diesel fuel onboard that is releasing into the surrounding water. Sea conditions, two- to three-foot swells, have prevented response crews from booming the area to contain the fuel. Southern Waste Services will do an assessment of the situation at first light on Saturday and determine the course of action for cleanup.

The reason for the vessel sinking is unknown.

The Coast Guard has issued a safety broadcast to mariners informing the boating public of the hazard to navigation in the area.

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