Tugboat leaks fuel after collision with old Bonner Bridge


OREGON INLET, N.C. — The Coast Guard is helping to cleanup a diesel spill after a tugboat ran against the Old Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet on Sunday morning.

The tugboat named Miss Bonnie collided with the bridge around 11 a.m. and was semi-submerged, leaning up against the bridge as of Monday.

In a press release Monday, the Coast Guard said a sheen was spotted in the vicinity of the tugboat, and about 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel were believed to have been onboard.

There were no reported impacts to wildlife as of Monday, and the Coast Guard said the a 200 foot sorbent boom and a 175-foot containment boom were deployed around the tugboat.

The channel has remained open to all vessel traffic and the Coast Guard says it’s working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to find the best way to deal with the spill.

Eight people aboard the tugboat returned to shore safely after the wreck.

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