Coast Guard removes oil from grounded vessel on Grecian Rocks

KEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard and oil spill contractors safely removed oil from the 49-foot pleasure craft vessel LISERN II Friday that ran aground Sunday on Grecian Rocks in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Due to inclement weather from Hurricane Earl, the oil removal and salvage process was initially delayed. After the weather improved Friday morning, the Coast Guard began removing oil from the vessel to prevent any pollution that may occur during the salvage operation.

The Coast Guard and an oil spill contractor collected over 600 gallons of oil from the vessel. There was no evidence of any oil in the water, or any breach in the hull. The oil was taken to land where it will be disposed of properly. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is working with the boat owner to contact a salvage company to remove the vessel.

Aircraft and vessels from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Coast Guard Auxiliary continue to monitor the vessel. No discharges of oil have been observed.

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