The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(MIAMI) — A Coast Guard prevention team is monitoring refloating operations of a partially submerged tug at the mouth of Hillsboro Inlet, Fla., Tuesday.
The 30-foot vessel, owned by the City of Hillsboro and used for dredging operations within the navigable channel, had about 200 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. Containment boom was placed around the vessel to trap the fuel from continuing to spread. Tow Boat U.S. is making arrangements to refloat the vessel.
The vessel is not obstructing boat traffic at the inlet, but boaters are asked to keep a sharp lookout.