Published: Aug 16, 2010 2:59 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 12:50 AM EDT

MARCO ISLAND, Fla - A barge is floating once again after sinking over the weekend. 

A damaged dock along Sea Court on Marco Island the site of 17 ton crane collapse early Sunday morning. Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang over night and smelled diesel fuel in the morning.

The Coast Guard says about five gallons made into the waterway which had to be shut down for much of the day.

The barge and crane were doing work on a sea wall in the canal.

Oil booms were deployed to help soak in the fuel.

It appears the barge may have been taking on water overnight causing the crane to slowly tip over. The Coast Guard was quick to point out the enviromental impact of the oil spill is not something to be concerned about.

 


    A BARGE IS FLOATING ONCE AGAIN AFTER GOING UNDER.
    A DAMAGED DOCK ALONG 'SEA COURT' ON MARCO ISLAND THE SITE OF A 17-TON CRANE COLLAPSE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
    NEIGHBORS REPORTED HEARING A LOUD BANG... AND SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE BEGAN SMELLING TROUBLE.
    SEVERAL GALLONS OF OIL AND DIESEL FUEL SPILLED INTO THE CANAL.
    THE COAST GUARD SAYS ABOUT 5 GALLONS IN ALL MADE IT INTO THE WATERWAY WHICH HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN FOR MUCH OF THE DAY.
    OIL BOOMS WERE ALSO DEPLOYED TO HELP SOAK IN THE FUEL.
    TWO EVEN BIGGER CRANES WERE EVENTUALLY BROUGHT IN TO HELP RE-FLOAT THE BARGE.
    ITS OWNER SAYS ITS NOT UNCOMMON FOR BARGES TO SINK, BUT FOR A CRANE TO GIVEWAY IS ODD CONSIDERING THERE WASN'T BAD WEATHER IN THE AREA AND WORK WASN'T BEING DONE ON A SEAWALL ALONG THE CANAL.
    IT APPEARS THE BARGE *MAY* HAVE BEEN TAKING ON WATER OVERNIGHT CAUSING THE CRANE TO EVENTUALLY TIP OVER.
    THE COAST GUARD WAS QUICK TO POINT OUT THE ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT OF THE OIL SPILL IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.  
    

TC:00:14:36 -- TC:00:14:44
"There are absorbent booms ... absorbs the product ... and all the light ends burns off."