Fishing vessel sinks, spills fuel into New Bedford harbor

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Clean up efforts are underway in New Bedford after a fishing vessel sank at the pier, spilling fuel into the harbor.

The Coast Guard tells ABC6 the 62-foot vessel “Challenge” sank off of Hervey Tichon Avenue and had approximately 7,000 gallons of fuel on board.

The spill was reported at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday morning by a captain from the tugboat "Realist".

Crews on scene are now working to raise the vessel.

The fuel spill spread 1.5 miles into Fairhaven.

The ship’s owner has hired a company to help remove the fuel from the water.

The incident is currently under investigation. 

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