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Praise as quick action minimises pollution from stricken French trawler
9:10am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
Cornwall Council leader John Pollard has praised actions to reduce pollution from a French fishing boat which ran aground on the Lizard this Wednesday.
The Scuderia hit rocks at Lankidden Cove, between Cadgwith and Coverack on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula on the evening of Wednesday, (August 28).
The Council’s emergency management service were alerted to the incident by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency around 11pm and immediately contacted staff from the authority’s environment and public health and protection services to provide support.
With reports showing that the diesel was leaking from some of the boat’s five fuel tanks, council staff put up temporary fences to prevent members of the public from accessing the nearby cove and erected signs warning people not to go into the water.
Over the past 24 hours staff from the council’s harbours team and the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (IFCA) have successfully managed to significantly reduce the fuel leaking from the main tank using a wooden plug.
At the same time they have erected an absorbent boom around the boat to contain any remaining fuel and prevent further pollution.
“Staff from the Council’s environment, public health and protection and emergency management services have worked extremely hard with colleagues from IFCA , the Environment Agency, the police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to prevent our coastline being affected by the fuel leaking from this boat” said Mr Pollard. “Our staff have done a tremendous job as usual and I would like to thank them on behalf of the council”.
Work has also taken place to stabilise the boat using anchors so work can start on pumping out the fuel from the remaining tanks to enable the boat to be re refloated. It is hoped that this work, which is being carried out by salvors in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, will begin later today so the boat can be refloated over the weekend.
Staff from the Council’s environment, public health and protection and emergency management services will remain on stand by over the weekend to monitor the situation and provide any additional support required.
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