SF-10 Completes Swamp Fox Removal on Trout River

Pollution containment boom surrounds the fishing vessel Swamp Fox on the Trout River in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 27, 2017. Hundreds of vessels have been reported damaged, displaced, or have sunk both on inland waters and along the coastline of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes.

Pollution containment boom surrounds the fishing vessel Swamp Fox on the Trout River in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 27, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Response crews have completed removal operations of the 68-foot fishing vessel Swamp Fox, which was displaced and partially submerged on the Trout River during Hurricane Irma.

Unified Command response crews began the five-day-long removal process Friday.

The Swamp Fox, which weighed approximately 180 tons, was surveyed by an assessment crew before pumps were used to remove water from the vessel in an attempt to refloat the vessel. Ultimately, Swamp Fox was deemed unrecoverable and had to be demolished in place.

Unified Command completes removal of Swamp Fox on Trout River

Response crews conduct de-watering operations aboard the fishing vessel Swamp Fox on the Trout River in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 27, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes.

“The completion of the removal of the Swamp Fox illustrates the interagency partnerships that have been established across the state of Florida during this large scale response,” said Capt. Mark Hodges, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Incident Commander for Emergency Support Function 10 Florida. “The removal process is both time-consuming and intensive, requiring safety measures, the creation and implementation of planning procedures and the mitigation of pollution and other hazards.”

Involved in the removal operations were:

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • TNT Salvage
  • MOBRO Marine, Inc.
  • Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC
  • Logan Diving and Salvage

Currently, 1,541 displaced vessels have been removed from Florida waterways by both private owners and Unified Command response teams. Nearly 230 people from state and federal agencies are involved in the disaster response.

Unified Command completes removal of Swamp Fox on Trout River

Response crews conduct removal operations on the 68-foot fishing vessel Swamp Fox on the Trout River in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 31, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes.

The Unified Command for the response—officially titled Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida—consists of leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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 following federally declared disasters. Partner agencies, including Florida Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment and removal efforts.

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

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