Coast Guard responding to sunken vessels, oil discharge

GREENUP, Ky. – The Coast Guard is responding to diesel fuel discharging from two sunken vessels on the Ohio River near Greenup, Kentucky.

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington are responding to conduct initial assessments of potential environmental and waterway impacts as well as determining how much oil is being discharged.

The oil spill response organization, Clean Harbors, is enroute with hard boom to contain the spill.

The Coast Guard, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have established a Unified Command to direct response and mitigation operations.

The cause of the vessels sinking is still under investigation.

Anyone with additional information is requested to contact MSU Huntington at (304) 563-9098.

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