Boat leaks fuel into Anclote River near Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Hazardous materials response crews were called Wednesday morning to contain fuel leaking from a boat that sunk in the Anclote River, officials said.

No one was inside the boat at the time.

The fuel could be seen hugging the seawall along Meyers Cove, officials said.

According to officials at the scene, a 30-foot fishing boat sank overnight for unknown reasons and leaked half of its contents — about 10 gallons of fuel — into the water.

The spill, reported just before 7 a.m., was concentrated in the river near the Marker 25 Marina and prompted Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue to call for backup from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, US Coast Guard and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The boat was moored at the marina, a small wooden dock with fishing cabins nearby.

Boat leaks fuel into Anclote River near Tarpon Springs 07/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:05pm]

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