Boat sinks, shuts down PG marina
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Sep 20, 2013, 15:48
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT 42-foot boat sank at Appomattox Small Boat Harbor in Prince George on Thursday, spilling oil and gas into the water. Absorbant pads were used to soak up the hazardous liquids.
PRINCE GEORGE — The Appomattox Small Boat Harbor temporarily shut down operations on Thursday after a 42-foot boat began leaking oil and gasoline into the surrounding water after sinking.
The Prince George Fire Department received a phone call shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning about a Wellcraft Excalibur Eagle fishing boat submerged underwater at the harbor docks, fire department officials said.
Emergency responders said the gasoline and oil did not start leaking from the boat until after they attempted to remove it from underwater, when it was estimated that somewhere between 14 and 20 liters of oil would spill from the vehicle’s tank.
By 10:45 a.m., the initial emergency was over after Fire and EMS responders helped to contain the spread of the hazardous fluids leaking from the boat, and there was no danger to the surrounding public, fire department officials said.
They used booms to establish a floating barricade around the boat as well as absorbent floating squares to soak up the oil and prevent any of the remaining oil or gasoline from spreading any further.
An official was called in from the Department of Environmental Quality who reported that the incident didn’t pose a serious threat to the quality of the harbor water.
Divers were not able to come out until 9 a.m. on Friday to get the boat out of the harbor, said Crista Manieri, owner of the harbor.
Manieri said the Prince George Fire Department “did an excellent job” containing the oil and gasoline spill, and the harbor was up and running again by Friday morning.