DEEP: Fuel leak not considered significant from sinking vessel near Goshen Reef

All occupants were rescued off a 45-feet vessel that ran aground near Goshen Reef in water off Waterford Town Beach Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Waterford — A 45-foot vessel that ran aground near Goshen Reef on Saturday afternoon will be towed away today or Wednesday, and a fuel leak was stopped after about 45 minutes, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman said Monday.

The vessel Nino, owned by John Antonino of Waterford, began sinking after running aground at low tide. Six people, some of whom were children, were rescued from the boat by a passing boater, according to DEEP spokesman Dwayne Gardner.

Also responding to the incident were the Goshen fire department boat crew, DEEP Environmental Conservation officers and the Coast Guard.

“It was totaled,” Gardner said of the boat. “It took on a significant amount of water.”

Gardner said Tow Boat U.S., the company that will be removing the boat, was able to stop the fuel leak and the amount that spilled into the water was not considered significant.

“It’ll dissipate rapidly with the tidal conditions,” he said.

Coast Guard Commanding Duty Officer John Olsen said the Coast Guard had not received any reports about leaking fuel.

Some residents, however, said they had seen and smelled what seemed like a significant amount of fuel leaking from the boat and drifting into Jordan Cove.

“You could smell it from Shore Road,” Waterford resident Don Landry, who was boating in the area Saturday, said Monday. “My life jacket still smells of diesel fuel.”

Gardner said anyone still seeing fuel in the water should contact DEEP at (860) 337-7745. Antonino declined comment Monday.


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