Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel, oil discharge

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington members are responding to a sunken vessel with reports of discharging product near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia, January 10, 2018. Marine Safety Unit Huntington watchstanders received a report from the owner of the motor vessel Gate City sinking where it was moored. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington members are responding to a sunken vessel with reports of discharging product near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia, January 10, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken vessel discharging oil near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington watchstanders received a report at 7:40 a.m. of the motor vessel Gate City sunk at its mooring and discharging oil into the river with a maximum potential of 5,000 gallons.

A Marine Safety Unit Huntington pollution response team arrived on scene and is working with the oil spill response organization Weavertown to deploy boom and contain the oil and begin cleanup operations. Neptune Marine Survey is also on scene accessing the vessel and developing a plan to remove any remaining oil from the vessel.

The Coast Guard, along with West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, are investigating the incident.

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