Coast Guard monitoring fuel spill in Charleston, S.C.

Coast Guard District 7 NewsCHARLESTON, S. C. – Coast Guard personnel and crews from Charleston Marine Services continue to remove oil and hazardous material from the 52-foot Motor Yacht Oyob, which sank Sunday in the Cooper River near Charleston Harbor.

Naval Weapons Station Charleston notified Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders at 9:20 p.m., Sunday, that they observed a sheen on the Cooper River just north of the weapons station. The Coast Guard dispatched pollution responders, who with the assistance of the Tug Island Boy, determined the sheen was coming from the submerged Motor Yacht Oyob.

Coast Guard officials estimate that no more than 55-gallons of fuel was on board the motor yacht at the time it sank. Officials believe the clean-up will be completed by this weekend.

The maritime public is asked to monitor VHF-Channel 16 for continued updates.

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