Coast Guard responds to oil spill near Louisville

Louisville, KY – The Coast Guard is responding today to the report of a minor oil spill from the motor vessel Harry Brock, west of downtown Louisville at approximately mile marker 610 on the Ohio River.

At approximately 9:30 this morning the motor vessel Harry Brock and the motor vessel Caleb Lay were working together to free a grounded barge when they bumped each other causing minor damage to the motor vessel Harry Brock.

Crewmembers aboard both vessels worked to contained the leak on the Harry Brock while also deploying a 90-foot oil containment boom around the damaged vessel.

No damage was reported to the motor vessel Caleb Lay.

The Coast Guard has deployed a pollution incident response team to the site and is also currently investigating the cause of this incident.

The Coast Guard is working closely with the vessel owner to minimize any potential environmental impact.

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