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Salvagers remove World War II tug from Florida river

Jun 5, 2017 11:51 AM

The former USS Tutahaco contained 'significant amounts of oil, PCBs, lead and asbestos'

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Coast Guard marine safety crews monitored the removal of the tugboat Tutahaco on Friday near Ormond Beach.

Tutahaco was deemed a maritime threat to the environment after finding significant amounts of oil, PCBs, lead and asbestos.

“The Tutahaco is in a dilapidated condition,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Svencer, the incident commander for the removal. “Not only was it a threat to the environment, but to the community, and that's our primary concern.”

The Coast Guard hired T&T Salvage to hoist the vessel onto a barge where it will be transported to All Star Metals in Brownsville, Texas to remove the hazardous contaminates.

Tutahaco will be secured for ocean travel in Jacksonville.

Editor's note: The World War II-era U.S. Navy tugboat had been moored in the Halifax River for 19 years.

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