Crews clean up diesel from the water at the Corpus Christi Municipal Pier after a boat fire.

EPA crews removed diesel fuel that leaked into Corpus Christi Bay after a boat fire at the municipal marina on Sunday afternoon.

Around 12:30 p.m., the Corpus Christi Fire Department and the Port of Corpus Christi responded to a fire on a shrimp boat moored at the dock on L-shaped Coopers Alley.

According to a press release, firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the fire, and booms were immediately installed around the vessel. The ship then began to sink, causing diesel fuel to seep into the waters of the bay.

The ship’s owner estimated that there were about 200 gallons of diesel fuel on board, but officials do not know how much oil leaked into the bay, according to a press release.

EnviroServe, a company providing 24/7 emergency response to environmental issues, has been awarded a contract by the boat owner to deploy an additional boom and provide cleaning services, including suction of diesel fuel from the surface of the water.

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