Coast Guard hires contractor to clean up shrimp boat that sunk in Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant

The Coast Guard hired a contractor on Thursday to remove the remaining fuel from a shrimp boat that sunk in Shem Creek Wednesday.

Moran Environmental was hired to remove fuel and any other remaining hazardous substances from the Lady Eva.

The boat, which is owned by Rocky Magwood, was raised, pumped out and refloated. It will remain boomed off with a soft absorbent padding for a while to capture any residual pollution, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard did not observe any significant pollution as of Thursday night.

The Coast Guard can use money from the National Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to hire contractors for cleanup operations when necessary.

The Coast Guard has not said why the boat sank.

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