Coast Guard to contract removal of fuel from sunken vessel

Southeastern Coast Guard News
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is making preparations Saturday to contract the removal of any fuel or hazardous substances that may be aboard a 45-foot boat which sunk Thursday morning in Shem Creek near Geechie Seafood in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Personnel at Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified of the sunken vessel and sent pollution responders to investigate further.

The vessel Miss Caroline was found mostly submerged at the pier and was actively sheening diesel fuel. The owner made attempts to salvage the vessel Friday without success.

Due to the owner’s inability to salvage the vessel, the Coast Guard intends to contract a local salvage company to raise the vessel and remove any fuel that may still remain onboard.

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