Boat From Fuel Spill Was Uninsured

The owner of a shrimp boat that dumped almost 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Biloxi's Back Bay is taking responsibility for the spill. But officials said the boat was not insured and who will pay the clean up bill is up in the air.

The 66-foot fishing boat Royal Phoenix sank Saturday causing a fuel slick that could cost $30,000 to clean up.

Lieutenant Mike Adams, of the US Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office, would not release the boat owner's name because of enforcement action. Adams did say owner had voluntarily come forward and would be responsible for having the boat salvaged.

Adams said the Coast Guard federalized the project and hired a private company named United States Environmental Services to contain and cleanup the fuel.

Adams said the reason the boat sank is still under investigation.

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