Coast Guard monitoring Piscataquan River gas spill cleanup

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is monitoring the clean up of a gasoline spill from a 34-foot boat that is partially submerged at a pier in South Elliot, Maine, following an accident in the Piscataqua River near Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday night.

The Piscataqua River Cooperative placed containment boom around the boat Tuesday night to prevent the gasoline from spreading, and Wednesday the Coast Guard contracted Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., to clean up the spill.

Three people were on board the Wellcraft when it struck an object in the Piscataqua River around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday. They took the vessel to the pier, where it is tied up now, and then went to the hospital for evaluation. Two were reported to have minor injuries, and the third person suffered several broken bones and other injuries.

The Coast Guard will oversee cleanup operations, and the Maine Marine Patrol is conducting an accident investigation.

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