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Coast Guard responds to sinking tugboat Proassist III near Puerto Rico

The Coast Guard responds to sinking tugboat Proassist III near Puerto Rico
A raft adrift, Dec. 24, 2020, south of Yabucoa Harbor, Puerto Rico. Sector San Juan watchstanders received a mayday call from the 112-foot tugboat Proassist III crew stating they were taking on water with three people aboard approximately two miles south of Yabucoa Harbor, PR.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico​ — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew responded to the sinking of the Proassist III tugboat 2 nm off Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, last Thursday, December 24.

Sector San Juan watchstanders received a mayday call from the 112-foot tugboat Proassist III crew stating they were taking on water with three people aboard approximately two miles south of Yabucoa Harbor, Puerto Rico.

A good Samaritan embarked the three people from the Proassist III and took them ashore with no reported injuries.

The tug is reported to have approximately 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

The Coast Guard responds to sinking tugboat Proassist III near Puerto Rico
A sheen appears on the surface of the sea indicating an oil spill was located by the crew of an MH-65 Dolphin from Air Station Borinquen, Dec. 24, 2020, south of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. The Proassist III reportedly had onboard 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel when it began taking on water.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew overflew the position Friday and observed a sheen beginning approximately 25 miles east of Yabucoa and extends 1.5 miles to the southwest with a width of 1.5 miles.

Sector San Juan Incident Management Division (IMD) personnel are working with the owner to develop a salvage plan and removal of all diesel fuel from the vessel.

Vessel owners are encouraged to hire a salvage company to recover their vessels in​ order to provide the safest removal method possible for the public and environment.

The Coast Guard responds to sinking tugboat Proassist III near Puerto Rico
Archive image: a Coast Guard rescue swimmer conducts a hoist at Crash Boat Beach in Aguidilla, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, during a search and rescue demonstration. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen is hosting the 2014 Armed Forces Classic between the University of Louisville and the University of Minnesota.
U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi.

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