Coast Guard monitors sunken fishing vessel

EASTPORT, Maine- The Coast Guard is monitoring the wreck of a sunken fishing vessel for pollution near Reversing Falls, Maine, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call from the master of the fishing vessel Miss Priss on VHF-FM channel 16 at 1 p.m., that it had hit a submerged object and began to sink.

The three people on board the Miss Priss abandoned ship onto the near by fishing vessel the Nasty Too. The fishing vessel Nasty Too transferred all three people safely to shore.

The master of the Miss Priss told the Coast Guard that there were about 150-200 gallons of diesel fuel on board. However, there have been no reports of sheening or pollution at this time.

Coast Guard Station Eastport responded with a 41-foot utility boatcrew. Once on scene, the crew determined that everyone that was aboard the Miss Priss was safe and that there was no evidence of pollution. They Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation to ensure there is minimal affect on the environment.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England has issued a safety marine information broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 to notify mariners of any hazards to navigation.

“Fortunately the fishing vessel Nasty Too was in the area,” said Chief Warrant Officer Bob Albert, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Their availability prevented three people from going in the water.”

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