A defunct party boat that began sinking Tuesday night while docked on the Southbank Riverwalk isn't leaking diesel oil into the St. Johns River anymore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Divers and salvagers are working to remove the rest of the oil from the Lady St. Johns and clean up any diesel that remains in the waterway or shoreline, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.
The Coast Guard learned of the sinking ship at 7 p.m. Tuesday after reports that the red-and-white vessel, which used to have a fake paddlewheel on it, was listing. An oily sheen also was spotted around the vessel. Coast Guard pollution investigators were dispatched to help the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and waterways manager secure the ship, docked next to the Chart House restaurant at 1501 Riverplace Blvd.
The cause of the sinking and oil spill is under investigation. Moran Environmental Recovery is working with Logan Diving and Salvage to remove the last fuel from the vessel, the Coast Guard said.
It's not yet clear how much oil had been spilled, although the ship's owner said there was about 150 gallons on board, according to First Coast News. The ship will be salvaged by the owner in a coordinated plan with the city, the Coast Guard said.