Fishing vessel sinks at pier, causes minimal pollution

BOSTON – Coast Guard personnel responded today after a fishing vessel sank at Chatham Fish Pier, in Chatham, Mass., Tuesday night.

Sector Southeastern New England command center staff in Woods Hole, Mass., learned about 4 a.m., today that the 45-foot fishing vessel Sole Train sank at the pier overnight, causing a small sheen of diesel fuel.

The command center staff dispatched a response petty officer from Marine Safety Detachment Cape Cod, Mass., to investigate the sinking and oversee the cleanup.

Chatham fire department personnel deployed boom to contain the diesel fuel, and the harbormaster used his boat to raise the Sole Train. Timothy Linnel, the vessel’s owner, contracted Frank Corp. Environmental Services to remove the 200 gallons of diesel fuel remaining on board.

No one was aboard the Sole Train when it sank.

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