Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Response to Sunken Tug

Diesel fuel spills from sunken tug on Hernando canal.

Diesel fuel spills from sunken tug on Hernando canal.

By Noelle H. Lowery
noelle@coastalbreezenews.com

Marco Island emergency personnel had a busy evening, Saturday, Jan. 31.

Early that evening, a 911 came in reporting a partially sunken tug boat attached to a construction barge in Hernando canal behind 549 Hernando Drive. A sheen of diesel fuel could be seen on the top of the water as well. The tug and

Marco Island emergency personnel respond to sunken tug and  minor diesel fuel spill on Hernando Drive.

Marco Island emergency personnel respond to sunken tug and minor diesel fuel spill on Hernando Drive.

barge are owned by Duane Thomas Marine Construction.

According to Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, an investigation has been opened into the incident, but he said the stern (or back) of the tug became submerged in the canal after the seal around the propeller shaft broke away and allowed water to enter the boat.

Schettino added that the

Diesel fuel — 3 gallons — flows into the Spinnaker/Taylor canal.

Diesel fuel — 3 gallons — flows into the Spinnaker/Taylor canal.

overall environmental impact of the incident was minimal, with just three gallons of diesel fuel leaking into the canal. Although environmental regulations require that the US Coast Guard be notified when there is a fuel leak of five gallons or more, Schettino said MIPD took greater precaution and notified the Coast Guard anyway.

Emergency personnel took immediate measures to refloat the tug.

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