Coast Guard and FWC teams assess vessels affected by Hurricane Michael

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Valerie Van Tine and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Investigator David Terrones assess vessels for damage and possible pollution in Massalina Bayou, Panama City, Oct. 31, 2018. The Emergency Support Function-10 Unified Command, made up of the U.S. Coast Guard and the FWC, are collaborating to tackle pollution threats in areas affected by Hurricane Michael. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Gail Dale.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Valerie Van Tine and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Investigator David Terrones assess vessels for damage and possible pollution in Massalina Bayou, Panama City, Oct. 31, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Gail Dale.

MIRAMAR BEACH, FLA. – The U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission teams for Emergency Support Function 10 have started assessing vessels affected by Hurricane Michael for potential pollution and navigation threats.

Since Saturday, teams have assessed 725 vessels, which is more than 50 percent of identified targets, in the affected areas. Of the vessels assessed, 199 of them have been marked as needing additional action, which may include further monitoring, hazardous material removal and or vessel removal.

“Our teams have been diligently working to safely assess vessels and identify what, if any, action needs to be taken,” said Maj. Robert Rowe, leader of FWC’s Boating and Waterways section. “As we continue to prioritize human safety and welfare, we are also working hard to support conservation of this pristine area.”

Property owners interested in reporting a wrecked vessel found on their property or boat owners looking for their lost vessel as a result of Hurricane Michael can call the Northwest Regional Communication Center at (850) 245-7716. Vessel owners who have located their vessel and have a specific salvage plan can call (850) 488-5600 Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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