Coast Guard responds to sunken commercial fishing vessel near Key West

7th Coast Guard District NewsSTOCK ISLAND, Fla. – Coast Guard personnel responded to a report of a partially sunken fishing vessel in Stock Island Wednesday evening.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., watchstanders received notification that Miss Vidalina, a 90-foot commercial fishing vessel, had partially sunk at its slip and was leaking diesel fuel and oily waste into the marina.

Coast Guard pollution investigators responded and verified the report Wednesday evening. At 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the Coast Guard initiated cleanup operations using a pre-identified pollution response contractor under the provisions of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Contracted response personnel from Coffin Marine Services, Inc., placed boom around the vessel to contain any further leaking and Coast Guard pollution investigators oversaw the removal of all remaining fuel and oily waste aboard, a potential discharge of 1000 gallons of material.

The Coast Guard, in conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel, is currently investigating the cause of the incident.

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