Coast Guard responds to oil spill after crane tumbles into river

MILWAUKEE – The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill on the Kinnickinnic River that happened at approximately 3:00 p.m. Monday near Skipper Buds Marina.

A crane that was attempting to lift a yacht out of the water tumbled into the river and a portion of its fuel contents spilled after the fall.

A Coast Guard Station Milwaukee 25-foot response boat was dispatched to the scene, and the spill was contained by oil boom. Coast Guard responders from Sector Lake Michigan estimate a spill potential of 250 gallons, (90 from the yacht and 160 from the crane.)

“After ensuring the safety of the people involved in this incident, our attention turns to minimizing the environmental impacts” said Cmdr. Joe Malinauskas, Chief of Response for Sector Lake Michigan, “We are very pleased with the rapid and effective response by both Skipper Buds and CG Enterprises.”

Most of the fuel remains in the submerged tanks. The Coast Guard is investigating the reasons for the spill, and is making certain that the oil is removed from the water.

The Coast Guard oversees the investigation of and response to pollution threats on the navigable waters, maintains a cadre of highly trained pollution investigators and responders. They will provide oversight of the oil spill response personnel and equipment that is being mobilized to the scene.

The crane was owned and operated by CG Enterprises of Milwaukee and no injuries were reported.

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