Coast Guard, state agencies beginning salvage operations for sunken vessel

The Coast Guard, West Virginia and Kentucky Departments of Environmental Protection are beginning salvage operations with the sunken vessel Gate City on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia, January 31, 2018.

The Coast Guard, West Virginia and Kentucky Departments of Environmental Protection are beginning salvage operations with the sunken vessel Gate City on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia, January 31, 2018.

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard, West Virginia and Kentucky Departments of Environmental Protection are beginning salvage operations with the sunken vessel Gate City on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia, Tuesday.

River Salvage Company, Inc., from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has arrived on scene to lift the Gate City from the water. The remaining oil will be removed from the vessel.

Response teams have recovered approximately 1,300 gallons of oil from the river and 4 tons of oiled debris.

Remedial cleanup efforts will continue throughout the weekend.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington received a report Wednesday, January 10, 2018, of the Gate City sunk at its mooring and discharging oil into the river.

The Coast Guard, along with West Virginia and Kentucky Departments of Environmental Protection, are investigating the incident.

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