Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel near Venice, LA

The Coast Guard responds to a vessel that sunk near Venice, Louisiana, August 23, 2017. The vessel has approximately 2,300 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans/Released)

The Coast Guard responds to a vessel that sunk near Venice, Louisiana, August 23, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel that sunk near Venice, Louisiana.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday that the vessel Gracie Claire sank at a fuel dock at mile marker 2 in Tiger Pass.

The vessel has approximately 2,300 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

Sheen has been reported coming from the vessel, and approximately 1 mile of shoreline has been affected.

ES&H, an oil spill response organization, has contained the spilled fuel with containment boom. They have also lined portions of shoreline with sorbent boom, and deployed two drum skimmers.

The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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