Sunken tugboat spills diesel in Tennessee River

The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies respond to a diesel leak from a sunken tug boat on the Tennessee River near Florence, Alabama.

Most of the fuel is caught by the hard boom used and recovered via a vacuum truck and drum skimmer. The maximum spill potential is 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel and there have been no reports of injury or wildlife impact.

The Ohio Valley Coast Guard Sector was notified by RMB Marine Services at 2 p.m. Sunday of the sunken tugboat in the Port of Florence, near mile marker 257 on the Tennessee River

Pollution responders from the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment Nashville were dispatched to assess the situation on the ground.

The Coast Guard Nashville Marine Safety Detachment is assessing the situation. RMB Marine Services and E3 Solutions are working together to clean up the discharged product. An estimated 200 feet of hard barrier was deployed on Sunday to contain the product in the water. Another 350-foot boom was deployed Monday as a secondary barrier.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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