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9th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: July 25, 2012

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

Arthur J salvage operations continue

PORT HURON, Mich. — On-scene weather conditions Wednesday have improved, allowing salvage operations to continue on the Arthur J, the 110-foot dredge barge that is now completely sunk two miles off the shore of Lakeport, Mich., in Lake Huron.

The vessel sank after heavy seas last night continued to impact it.

After the Arthur J sank completely, and settled to the bottom, additional diesel fuel was located in a fuel tank and was immediately removed from the wreck.

More severe weather conditions are predicted later today and may again suspend salvage efforts.

There continues to be no significant environmental impact to the affected area.

All local area beaches remain open.  Clean-up crews will continue to walk the beaches to ensure they meet a standard approved by the state of Michigan and St. Clair County Health Department officials.

In the event that debris from the sunken vessels washes ashore, the public should call the Public Information Hotline at 810-982-3910 so the hazardous material can be safely and properly disposed of.

For more information, questions or concerns, please contact Coast Guard Sector Detroit’s public affairs officer Lt. Justin Westmiller at 313-701-6016.

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