(CMR) Following an oil spill caused by a sunken vessel last week, the Department of Environment is reminding boat owners to be vigilant in checking their in-water vessels regularly, especially during periods of heavy rain.
The DoE said on Wednesday, January 3, it received a report of a sunken vessel located in North Sound Estates. Conservation Officers were in the area and responded immediately to the location, where they observed a large motor trawler almost completely submerged in the canal along with a light film of fuel on the surface of the water.
Staff from DoE’s Operations Section were notified and joined the response, and the team deployed an oil spill boom and secured it around the vessel to contain any leaking fuel or oil. The owner of the vessel was contacted, and efforts are underway to raise the vessel, the DoE stated.
The cause of the sinking is unknown at this time; however, the DoE said it would continue to monitor the situation and respond as needed using the tools and techniques learned during the recent IMO Level 1 Oil Spill Training Course.