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Sunken fishing vessel located off Bluff Coast

Sunken fishing vessel located off Bluff Coast

Divers have located the fishing vessel Ayson which sank off Stirling Point near Bluff early yesterday morning.

The vessel was located 700 metres south of Stirling Point and divers have sealed the fuel tank breather pipes.

Regional On Scene Commander Dallas Bradley says there may still be some very small amounts of diesel leaking from the vessel. “Some of the fuel that leaked yesterday before the breather pipes were sealed has blown inshore around Stirling Point,” he says. There is a diesel odour and a silvery sheen on the water and Environment Southland is advising against snorkelling in the area.

A dive team and equipment is currently being organised with a view to salvaging the vessel early next week.

Environment Southland will continue to monitor the situation.

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