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Coast guard survey of Manolis L finds no oil

['Submitted photo<br />Welding of a steel plate was expected to be completed Monday on the Coast Guard Ann Harvey (left)\u2008which struck a rock Wednesday. Welding equipment is shown between the Ann Harvey and the Coast Guard vessel WG George.']
The Coast Guard vessel Ann Harvey (left) get repair help from the Coast Guard vessel WG George in this file photo.

A follow up dive by the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response at the site of a sunken bulk carrier in Notre Dame Bay has found no oil either on the surface of the water or leaking from the wreck.

In May, the coast guard used a weighted neoprene gasket to seal a leak in the Manolis L, a ship that sank in 1985 in an area known as Blow Hard Rock between Bacalao Island and Change Islands.

The leak was discovered after locals began reporting oil on the water and also on birds in the area.

Earlier this week, area resident Cyril Gidge said he was again seeing oil on the surface in the area directly above the Manolis L less than a month after the coast guard's attempt to fix the problem.

He also said he saw upwards of half a dozen oiled adult murres. At the time, senior response officer with the coast guard, Bob Grant, said the coast guard was planning on going back this week to check the work they had done in May, regardless of any further reports of oil or not.

On Thursday, a check was made on the Manolis L via remote operating vehicle and, in an email, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said a survey of the hull and site of the wreck found that the neoprene gasket seal is working well and not leaking.

Furthermore, no oil was detected on the surface and no oiled birds or marine animals were observed during the survey. The email went on to say that the coast guard is evaluating the remote operating vehicle survey of the Manolis L hull.

The Manolis L lies in 82 metres of water in Notre Dame Bay.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

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