Cocoa Beach tar balls investigated

8:19 PM, Jul 6, 2010   |    comments
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Cocoa Beach, Florida - U.S. Coast Guard officials gathered tar samples, which they plan to send to a military laboratory in Connecticut. They'll test it to see whether the tar is from the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Another theory is that it's from a shrimp boat that sank in May.

"Obviously, we don't know the source until the testing takes place," said Kimberly Prosser, a spokeswoman with Brevard County.

Late on May 15th, the shrimping vessel F/V Charlie Girl sank in 60 feet of water offshore of Cape Canaveral, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Response and Restoration. The crew was rescued by another fishing vessel.

No results are back yet from tests of a pancake-sized tar mat that washed up on Melbourne Beach last Friday.


by Jim Waymer, Florida Today

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