Coast Guard responding to fuel spill in Newport, R.I.

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON – The Coast Guard is responding to a reported fuel spill at 2 p.m. Friday at Bowens Landing in Newport, R,I.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were notified at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday by the crew of the 101-foot motor yacht Vivere reporting that an estimate 250 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled into the water during an internal transfer of fuel aboard the yacht Friday.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, R.I. and Coast Guard investigators responded to the spill to determine the scope and oversee the clean-up efforts.

The Newport Fire Department is conducting air monitoring and the oil-spill response organization and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is on scene.

Marshall Environmental Group has been contracted by the Vivere to contain and clean the diesel fuel.

“The Coast Guard is working in combination with local environmental police, harbormasters and local oil-spill recovery teams to contain and manage the spill,” said Chief Petty Officer Steven Munger, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.

The cause of spill is under investigation.

There have been no impacts to the environment.

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