Coast Guard supervises site assessment of sunken tug

The 80-foot tugboat Capt Mackintire is in tow off Portland, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. The tugboat later sank about three miles south of Kennebunk, Maine, in about 158 feet of water. The Coast Guard is working with federal, state, and local authorities to evaluate pollution potential and respond to reports of sheening in the area. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The 80-foot tugboat Capt Mackintire sank about three miles south of Kennebunk, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is overseeing a site assessment of the sunken tug Capt Mackintire Monday in the Gulf of Maine approximately three miles south of Kennebunkport, Maine.

A commercial marine services company is scheduled to dive on the Capt Mackintire beginning Tuesday to evaluate the structural integrity of the sunken tug and to evaluate for potential pollution.

The Coast Guard plans to establish a safety zone at the site of the dive operation, and issue a special marine information broadcast to alert mariners of the operation.

The vessel is currently in about 160 feet of water.

The Coast Guard, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal, state and local agencies continue to coordinate daily aerial, water, and shoreline assessments.

The public should report any signs of pollution to the Coast Guard Command Center at (207) 767-0303.

An investigation into the cause of the sinking is ongoing.

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