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Crews on Lake Erie examining sunken barge prepare to go underwater

Lake Erie sunken barge. (Source: US Coast Guard) Lake Erie sunken barge. (Source: US Coast Guard)
Lake Erie sunken barge. (Source: US Coast Guard) Lake Erie sunken barge. (Source: US Coast Guard)
LAKE ERIE, OH (WOIO) -

Crews continue to investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie.

The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, is continuing to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the public and the environment.

Members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team and a crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, aboard a 45-foot response boat, arrived at the scene Monday to begin assessing and monitoring air quality and to obtain a sample of the product for testing, if able. No fumes were detected or discoloration was found.

Crews from T&T Salvage are staging and making preparations for a scheduled first-light dive on the wreck Tuesday to attempt to identify and secure any leak, pending weather and site conditions. They will be accompanied by a fire boat from the Sandusky Fire Department, aboard a 28-foot fire boat, as a dive safety observer.

The Coast Guard established safety zone, located 3 nautical miles east of Kelley's Island Shoal extending 1,000 feet around position 41-38'21"N, 082-29'35"W, remains in effect and is closed to all traffic until canceled. No vessel may enter, transit through or anchor within the regulated area without permission from the Coast Guard patrol commander, Station Marblehead, which may be contacted via VHF-FM ch. 16.

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