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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Coast Guard Working To Remove Oil From Sinking Ship

photo courtesy of Frank Bailey
A Canadian Coast Guard official expects to be on scene for several more days to deal with the Cape Rouge.

The vessel began sinking on Monday afternoon in Bridgewater Harbour.

Fuel is being pumped out of the vessel's main tank before removing other oil from the ship.

Senior response officer Keith Laidlaw says it's a slow process but the environment remains their number 1 priority.

He says they are more worried about the oil in the water and they are looking to get the oil out so it's not longer polluting.

Laidlaw says they continue to have a boom surrounding the vessel, as well as absorbing pads soaking up fuel.

Most of the ship is now under water after it began sinking  off a port in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.