Coast Guard, local partners respond to pollution incident in the Merrimack River

Smoke rises from the cabin of the fishing boat Hit List Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Newberryport, Massachusetts. Coast Guard and partners at the state and local level began efforts to clean an oil spill after the boat caught fire and sank. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Smoke rises from the cabin of the fishing boat Hit List Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Newberryport, Massachusetts.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard and local partners responded to a fuel oil spill in the Merrimack River Friday after a fishing boat caught fire and sank.

The fishing vessel Hit List was later salvaged and removed from the river. The Hit List is no longer a hazard to navigation.

The Hit List was reported to have approximately 500 gallons of fuel oil on board, with a maximum fuel tank capacity of about 700 gallons.

Members from Coast Guard Sector Boston’s pollution response team arrived on scene Friday evening and worked through the night. An oil sheen was observed on the Merrimack River, and the Coast Guard is overseeing efforts to contain and clean up the spill.

No injuries were reported to the Coast Guard, and the cause of the fire and sinking is under investigation.

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