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Crews respond to partially sunken boat in Joppa

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 11:30:59-04

Crews responded to a partially sunken boat docked on the Gunpowder River in Joppa Tuesday morning.

The boat, docked behind the owner's residence in the 100 block of Breakwater Court, was filled with 200 gallons of gasoline, according to Jay Apperson, a spokesperson with the Maryland Department of the Environment. 

Apperson said there's no indication that any of the fuel spilled into the river. The boat is instead "releasing a sheen from some leaking motor oil," he said. 

Hazmat crews responded to the scene, along with members of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Maryland Department of the Environment and Harford County Emergency Management.

Crews placed absorbent pads around the boat, Apperson said. The owner is working to hire a marine salvage company to recover the boat through his insurance company.

Officials from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company sent a tweet Tuesday morning estimating more than 100 gallons of fuel leaked from the boat. 

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