New Bedford Vessel Sinks at Dock, Spills Fuel into Harbor

BOSTON – Coast Guard investigators continue to oversee the cleanup of about 100 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the water after the Rianda,  a New Bedford, Mass.,-based fishing vessel with no one aboard sank at a pier in New Bedford Harbor around midnight Thursday.

Coast Guard pollution investigators were immediately dispatched to the scene after the New Bedford police notified Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England about 9:30 p.m., that the 87-foot fishing vessel Rianda was taking on water and listing 35 degrees.

Frank Corp., a private contracting company, placed containment boom in the harbor, placed absorbent boom on the vessel, and plugged the vessel’s vents.

The New Bedford Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection also responded.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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