Coast Guard responds to Savannah fuel spill

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah personnel are responding to a fuel spill at the Ocean terminal in Savannah Sunday.

The motor vessel Liberty, a 625-foot roll on/off, punctured its hull while departing the facility at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The hull puncture is approximately one to three inches wide, and has the potential to release up to 65,000 gallons of red-dye diesel fuel. Currently there is an estimated 7,000 gallons that has impacted the waterway.

A temporary soft patch has been placed on the punctured hull, which has reduced the amount of fuel spilling out of the hull. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah has conducted an over flight to access the environmental impact and Coast Guard MSU Savannah personnel are on scene coordinating the cleanup efforts, conducting shoreline assessments as well as investigating the cause of the incident.

The Coast Guard has closed the Savannah River around the spill and urges area mariners to use caution and avoid the area if possible.

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