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Clean Up Continues On Fuel Spill From Sinking Tug Boat

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HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. – Officials in Humphreys County said clean up continues on the diesel fuel spill from a sinking tug boat on the Tennessee River in New Johnsonville.

The Humphreys County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that most of the fuel on the water has been removed, but skimming operations are ongoing.

They added that shoreline clean up is also under way, and they believe there will be minimal impact to the environment; however, no decision will be made until the boat is raised.

Officials anticipate that they will attempt to raise the boat on Wednesday.

The tug boat owned by New Johnsonville Marine Service was discovered partially sunk in a public fleeting area around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

PHOTOS: Tug Boat Sinks In Humphreys County

The boat was located on an embankment on the Tennessee River adjacent to the Cargill company grain elevator and North of CSX railroad.

Officials said there were possibly 4,000 gallons of fuel on board, most of which leaked into the water.

The spill was contained in a small area. It was believed the fuel did not enter the main river course.

The total area contaminated was about 300 yards by 300 yards.

Officials were still working to determine what caused the tug boat to sink. They said the boat usually pushed titanium ore about five miles up and down the river.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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