Diesel fuel spill reaches beach near Michigan shoreline - WNEM TV 5

Diesel fuel spill reaches beach near Michigan shoreline

LAKEPORT, Mich. (AP) -- The Coast Guard says crews have plugged all fuel valves and vents on a barge that sank in stormy Lake Huron, preventing more fuel from spilling.

A 110-foot dredging barge sank early Thursday, and the tug pushing it overturned, spilling an unknown amount of diesel fuel. The Coast Guard says crews suspended work late Thursday until daylight Friday, when they returned.

The Coast Guard says Friday remaining fuel should be secured after the vents were plugged late Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard said fuel from the barge reached the Michigan shoreline near Lakeport State Beach, about 65 miles northeast of Detroit.

It wasn't known what caused the Arthur J. to sink near the southern end of the lake, just over a mile from the Michigan coast.

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