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Resolve Marine to assess sunken World War II tanker off New York

Jun 19, 2018 02:03 PM

Crews will evaluate the condition of Coimbra and potential for environmental impact

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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

(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — The U. S. Coast Guard has contracted Resolve Marine to conduct an underwater assessment of the tanker Coimbra, rescheduled from June to take place from July 15-23.

Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Shinnecock, N.Y., Coimbra was sunk during World War II by a German U-boat. The operation will assess the condition of the tanker and potential to have an environmental impact. During the assessment, boaters are requested to keep a safe distance of 500 yards from the dive operation.

“We have assembled a team including members of the Navy Supervisor of Salvage, the Coast Guard Academy Science Department, the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and New York Department of Environmental Conservation to provide consultation for this assessment,” said Capt. Kevin Reed, commander Sector Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “This assessment will help determine any potential environmental threat the tanker poses. Our top priorities are safety of the public and protection of the marine environment.”

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