Officials Talk Fuel Removal from Bomb-Threatened Fishing Vessel

F/V "Sea Angel"s ran aground near Brown's Inlet, Onslow County, Monday, Dec. 9, and is threatened by unexploded ordnance in the area. More than a week later, officials are beginning to discuss how to remove her 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel.(USCG photo)

Officials discussed plans Tuesday to remove 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel from a grounded fishing vessel threatened by unexploded ordnance near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

The boat, Sea Angels, ran aground Monday, Dec. 9, near Brown’s Inlet, which is adjacent to a live training area. None of the crew were injured.

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“The Unified Command has identified safety of personnel responding to the grounding and the protection of the environment as the top priorities for the on-going response efforts,” stated a news release from the US Coast Guard Wednesday.

“The response is complicated by the presence of unexploded ordnance in the area surrounding the vessel, the stability and condition of the vessel, weather and sea conditions.”

The Unified Command includes the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, North Carolina Emergency Management, Onslow County Emergency Management, and underwriters for the vessel.

Sea Angels is registered in Beaufort and owned by a family company based in Oriental.