Coast Guard oversees fuel spill cleanup in New Bedford Harbor

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Schneider and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shannon Young oversee the fuel spill clean up efforts in New Bedford Harbor Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The fishing vessel Challenge sank at the pier and held about 7,000 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Lynn Schrayshuen)

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Schneider and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shannon Young oversee the fuel spill clean up efforts in New Bedford Harbor Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Lynn Schrayshuen)

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews are overseeing a fuel spill cleanup in New Bedford Harbor Wednesday after a fishing vessel sank at the pier off Hervey Tichon Ave.

The captain from the tugboat Realist called Coast Guard Sector Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders around 3:50 a.m. reporting the 62- foot fishing vessel Challenge sunk at the pier and was actively discharging fuel.

Challenge carried approximately 7,000 gallons of fuel.

A crew from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment New Bedford arrived on scene, along with crews from New Bedford Fire and Police departments, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and double boomed the vessel.

The fuel spill spread about 1.5 miles into Fairhaven.

The owner of Challenge hired a commercial oil recovery company to cleanup the spill.

The cause of the vessel sinking is currently under investigation.

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