US Coast Guard, crews work to salvage vessel

December 21, 2011 2:26:55 AM PST
The U.S. Coast Guard and the owner of a vessel that capsized last week are working to contain any possible fuel leaks from the craft.

The Beaumont Enterprise reported that the Int'l Hunter struck a submerged object Dec. 13 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles southeast of the Sabine Jetties in Port Arthur. Seven men aboard the ship abandoned to lifeboats and were rescued.

The vessel, which was carrying diesel fuel and lube oil, is now secured on the sea floor for salvage operations. International Marine, which owns the downed vessel, was working on damage surveys,

The Coast Guard initially reported a light oil sheen possibly caused by the diesel, but it expects it to dissipate. A spill-recovery vessel remained nearby, in case it is needed.

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