MCSO, Coast Guard work to evaluate fuel leak and debris field of supply vessel

 

(Source: MCSO)

The Martin County Sheriff’s Marine Units, along with MCSO Air Unit, are working to assist the United States Coast Guard with evaluating the size of a large fuel leak and debris field caused when a supply vessel headed to Haiti partially sunk.

 

The 59-foot vessel began sinking sometime this morning near the crossroads, where the St. Lucie River and intracoastal waterway meet.

 

Last night, the Coast Guard removed the boat’s passengers, after declaring the vessel unsafe to sail.

 

MCSO’s Marine Units, and Chief Pilot, Deputy Doug Newsom, have been working throughout the day pinpointing and collecting debris, which has been spotted floating for miles.

 

That debris includes barrels, boxes of food, produce, and miscellaneous supplies.

 

The vessel was reportedly part of a mission headed to Haiti.

 

The United States Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the incident.

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