SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are helping the U.S. Coast Guard and state officials with a 75-foot shrimp boat that is anchored in Turner Creek.
Police said the boat is taking on water and could be leaking fluids.
Capt. Larry Branson said the Captain Kiet boat is anchored on the west side of Turner Creek near Hogan's Marina began taking on water Tuesday morning. There's now a sheen around the vessel, which typically indicates a fuel leak.
The boat appears to be on the bottom of the creek at lower tides and is in danger of listing toward the channel, according to police. The boat could interfere with passing into the channel. Branson said warning lights will be placed on the boat if it endangers the channel.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and the SCMPD Marine Patrol are at the scene. Incidents with boats in trouble are handled by the DNR, but because of the fuel leak, the Coast Guard is leading the operation.
Authorities said the boat's owner is Sinhg Cong Vo who at least at one time was living on the boat. SCMPD has written four reports on the boat.
Captain Kiet is one of 35 boats "of concern" that the SCMPD has been watching in Chatham County.