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About 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel have spilled when an offshore supply vessel got caught on a jetty in the Sabine-Neches waterway Friday.

The 120-foot ship got hung up on the jetty around 6:15 a.m and is still there.

It has been reported that a four-person crew on the ship had suffered various injuries, according to Port Arthur's Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, and were air lifted by helicopter to the Jack Brooks Regional Airport for EMS services.

Response and rescue teams remain at the scene to assist in safely removing the vessel. Pollution investigators from Marine Safety Port Arthur are assessing the fuel spill. Salvage efforts are ongoing.

The Coast Guard will supervise and direct cleanup efforts, along with the ship's owner.

The goal is to salvage the vessel while mitigating environmental and economic impacts, said Capt. Joe Paitl, commanding officer of MSU Port Arthur.

Investigators still do not know what caused the grounding.

The vessel is not blocking other traffic in the waterway.

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Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Fuel-spilled-when-vessel-caught-on-jetty-Friday-3358677.php#ixzz1nPNd0wj0

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