Barge partially sinks in Coney Island

The FDNY says the barge is carrying a crane with a 500-gallon fuel tank.

The FDNY says the barge is carrying a crane with a 500-gallon fuel tank. (4/13/13)

CONEY ISLAND - A barge is patrially submerged in the waters near the Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island after it suffered a mechanical failure yesterday and began to take on water.

Officials say the barge has been surrounded by tugboats and secured, so it will not drift from its present spot. The barge was carrying a crane, but fuel tanks on both the barge and the drain have been pumped to remove all of their oil, according to the Coast Guard.

As a precautionary measure, booming has been placed around the barge to capture any oil that may be released from equipment aboard the barge.

A contractor is currently working to repair the barge so that it can be towed away. Additional barges are on their way to the site to remove the crane.

According to the Coast Guard, no one was hurt in the incident, and there is no danger to the public.

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