(Photo Courtesy of the US Ninth Coast Guard District)
The Coast Guard continues its response to a grounded towing vessel that remains partially submerged in shallow water near Burnham Park, Illinois. Officials report weather conditions are delaying a pre-salvage damage assessment of the Kimberly Selivick and, until conditions improve, the Coast Guard will continue to work with the responsible party to ensure a salvage plan is prepared and ready for execution.
It has been determined that the vessel has up to 14-thousand gallons of diesel fuel on board and this morning (Tuesday) an oil sheen, likely originating from the vessel's bilge, was visible in the vicinity of the vessel and along a short section of the Burnham Park shoreline. SET Environment deployed 800 feet of hard boom around the vessel to contain the sheen and is using alternate oil remediation methods. Officials say company personnel will remain on the scene around the clock until the Kimberly Selvick is successfully salvaged.