Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boat Debris Closes Amelia Beaches; Not Considered a Pollution Hazard, but It Has Plenty of Nails

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boat Debris Closes Amelia Beaches; Not Considered a Pollution Hazard, but It Has Plenty of Nails

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Byline: DANA TREEN

AMELIA ISLAND - Debris from a 66-foot shrimp boat that broke up and washed ashore along southern Nassau County has closed beaches at Amelia Island State Park until crews can clear the wreckage.

Parts of the Miss Cindy II likely began washing ashore Friday, said Kenton Brown, a state Department of Environmental Protection emergency response manager. Brown said a stretch of beach at the park has been closed to the public because much of the debris is nail-riddled wood. He said three tanks, including two that contain from 100 to 200 gallons of fuel and water, still were on the beach Monday.

"There is no pollution danger right now," Brown said. "There is no hazard to people going in the water."

The Mayport-based Miss Cindy II was 4 miles off Cumberland Island in Georgia when it began to take on water, according to the Coast Guard. Boat captain Bobby Hall was rescued Thursday night by the Coast Guard and the boat was abandoned.

The Coast Guard couldn't find any sign of the boat after returning Friday to the rescue site. …

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