Coast Guard says sunken shrimp boat is not a pollution threat

The shrimping vessel had about 10,000 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of oil on board, but officials say there are no leaks. (Photo source: Coast Guard Sector Mobile)
The shrimping vessel had about 10,000 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of oil on board, but officials say there are no leaks. (Photo source: Coast Guard Sector Mobile)

GULF OF MEXICO (WLOX) - The shrimp boat that sank after it was involved in a nighttime collision with another boat last month is not a pollution threat. That's according to Coast Guard spokesperson Ryan Tippets.

He says the boat is currently under 73 feet of water, but divers have already plugged all the fuel vents so there is no pollution threat from fuel leaks. The location is also marked with hazard buoys, and the owner is currently working on a salvage plan.

The supply vessel Gloria May was returning to port around 3:30 a.m. late last month when it collided with the shrimping vessel about 18 miles south of Pascagoula.

Three shrimpers managed to make it onto a life raft and were rescued by the supply vessel and no one was injured.

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