Environment Agency officers are working alongside the Cowes Harbour Commission today in an attempt to contain approximately 9,000 litres of diesel and to prevent it from spilling into the River Medina following the sinking of the luxury motor cruiser ‘Kahu’.
The incident is now in the hands of Cowes Harbour Master, Captain Stuart McIntosh, who activated an emergency plan and oil spill response plan following the sad demise of ‘Kahu’ – a $5million vessel – yesterday evening.
Oil Spill Response contractor Adler and Allan are on the scene at East Cowes Marina and have placed containment booms around the dockside, which appears to have successfully minimised pollution to the river. It is understood the majority of the fuel has remained inside the vessel’s tanks which, when full, can provide enough fuel for 3,000 nautical miles.
It is hoped that the wreckage of the boat will be recovered within the next 48 hours either by crane or by a flotation system.