Barge sinks in Lake Huron, spilling diesel fuel - FOX 32 News Chicago

Barge sinks in Lake Huron, spilling diesel fuel

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The U.S. Coast Guard said a 110-foot dredging barge sank in Lake Huron, spilling an unknown amount of diesel fuel.

Petty Officer Lauren Laughlin, of the Coast Guard station in Cleveland, told The Associated Press the commercial barge was being pushed by a tugboat early Thursday.

It went down in stormy waters about five nautical miles northwest of the entrance to the St. Clair River. The tugboat then flipped over.

Laughlin said all personnel from both vessels are accounted for.

She said there's a 500-foot sheen on the lake surface. The dredge can hold 8,000 gallons of fuel but at the time was carrying only 1,500. It's uncertain how much escaped.

Laughlin said booms are in place but inclement weather may hinder the cleanup.

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