Boat Sinks, Spills Fuel In Cape Vincent

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A work boat sank in Cape Vincent Friday morning, spilling diesel fuel into the St. Lawrence River and delaying Horne's Ferry to Wolfe Island for several hours.

State environmental officials say they don't know why the 30-foot boat sank. The U.S. Coast Guard will investigate the incident.

The boat, a 1954 former Coast Guard boat, is owned by Thousand Island Marine and Island Service of Alexandria Bay. Company officials say it had recently been serviced and seemed fine when it was docked around 10 p.m. Thursday.

It was at the downtown Cape Vincent dock with other boats that were scheduled to head for a job in Lake Ontario.

About 10 to 15 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled. The remainder of the fuel was pumped out and the boat re-floated.

The boat was kept off the bottom with a crane on a barge, which blocked the ferry from its hourly runs for several hours.

The company says it will use its own workers to clean up the spill.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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