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Boat sinks in Lake Huron, spilling fuel

July 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

LAKEPORT, Mich., July 19 (UPI) -- A dredge boat that sank in Lake Huron early Thursday spilled 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel but conditions are favorable to contain the spill, officials said.

The spilled fuel has remained within 2,000 feet of the 110-foot commercial boat, and wind blowing from the southeast has helped to keep the fuel from spreading across the lake and into the St. Clair River, St. Clair County, Mich., Emergency Manager Jeffrey Friedland said, adding his office has been in regular communication with Canadian authorities about the situation.

All county beaches have been closed, said Jennifer Michaluk of the St. Clair County Health Department.

The dredge, named the Arthur J., and a companion 38-foot tugboat, sank in 22 feet of water as it was headed for the St. Clair River, about 2 miles off Lakeport, Mich., the Port Huron Times Herald reported. No one was injured.

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