Coast Guard Responding to Vessel Grounding in Brunswick River

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel that grounded in the Brunswick River near Brunswick, Ga. earlier today. At approximately 7:30 a.m.Wednesday the captain of the motor vessel Centaurus Leader reported it had run aground on the north side of the Brunswick River while it was transiting in-bound to the Colonels Island terminal. Shortly thereafter the vessel was re-floated and safely completed its transit to the terminal where it is now moored.

The Coast Guard immediately responded with a small boat from Station Brunswick, pollution investigators and marine inspectors from Marine Safety Unit Savannah, and a helicopter from Air Station Savannah. There have been no reports of oil pollution in the water, however the Coast Guard is actively coordinating response activities with other federal and state agencies as well as with representatives from the vessel Centaurus Leader.

The Coast Guard is transporting oil containment boom from Savannah to Brunswick as a preventative measure. The extent of damage to the vessel is being investigated at this time.

There are no reports of injuries associated with this incident. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding.

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