Crews to begin hunt for leak near sunken barge in Lake Erie

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TOLEDO, Ohio—The Coast Guard says contractors will search for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a sunken barge found recently in Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.

Crews are planning to dive around the wreckage Monday to see if they can find and seal the leak.

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Shipwreck hunters think the leaking solvent is from a tanker barge that went down during a storm 80 years ago near Ohio's Kelleys Island.

(Image courtesy Tom Kowalczk via National Museum of the Great Lakes)
(Image courtesy Tom Kowalczk via National Museum of the Great Lakes)

The Coast Guard said Sunday it appears the leak is a petroleum-based solvent that evaporates quickly once it reaches the surface.

But what they don't know is whether it's ongoing leak. A Coast Guard helicopter crew sent to the site on Sunday didn't detect any discoloration on the surface.

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