Hurricane Irma vessel removal operations continue in Florida

Response crews work to remove a submerged vessel in Boot Key Harbor, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017. Response crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency are managing vessel removal operations throughout Florida in response to Hurricane Irma with a priority on vessels leaking fuel or hazardous materials. FEMA photo by J.T. Blatty.

Response crews work to remove a submerged vessel in Boot Key Harbor, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017.  FEMA photo by J.T. Blatty.

MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida Unified Command continues making progress in its mission to mitigate pollution threats across Florida from vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma.

The Unified Command consists of U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson serving as Incident Commander, Mr. Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Incident Commander and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Capt. Chris Roszkowiak, as State On-Scene Coordinator.

The ESF 10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. Partner agencies, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment and removal efforts.

Florida Keys Vessel Removal Operations

A Coast Guardsman oversees vessel removal operations in Boot Key Harbor, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017. Response crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency are managing vessel removal operations throughout Florida in response to Hurricane Irma with a priority on vessels leaking fuel or hazardous materials. FEMA photo by J.T. Blatty.

Florida Keys Vessel Removal Operations

Response crews work to remove a submerged vessel in Boot Key Harbor, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017. Response crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency are managing vessel removal operations throughout Florida in response to Hurricane Irma with a priority on vessels leaking fuel or hazardous materials. FEMA photo by J.T. Blatty.

Click video to watch on our Hurricane Irma Flickr page.

Tampa Bay Vessel Removal Operations

Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Garza, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., discusses the process for removing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma, Oct. 16, 2017. The Unified Command responsible for displaced vessel removal operations is comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen


For more imagery and video of the Hurricane Irma response, please visit our Hurricane Irma Flickr page.

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