Coast Guard, local agencies respond to diesel spill from sunken vessel

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a diesel fuel spill in Pensacola Bay, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a notification of a 50-foot commercial fishing vessel catching fire while moored at Joe Patti’s Marina in Pensacola Bay at 4:26 p.m. Pensacola Fire Department extinguished the fire but the vessel sank and discharged an estimated 100 gallons of diesel into the water.

Seatow deployed containment boom and sorbent pads around the vessel to collect oil. A vacuum truck and skimmer are to begin operations Saturday morning.

Involved in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Sector Mobile Incident Management Division
  • Pensacola Fire Department
  • Seatow

There are no reported injuries or reports of affected wildlife.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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