HYANNIS — Between 20 and 30 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled into Hyannis Harbor early Sunday morning from a charter fishing boat operated by Hy-Line Cruises.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, Hyannis Fire Department, and harbormaster were notified that an overfueling of a Hy-Line Cruises fishing boat had caused the spill, according to DEP spokesman Joseph Ferson.
The boat was overfilled with fuel at around 1 a.m. Sunday, Ferson said.
Hy-Line employees deployed an absorbent boom to clean up the spill and then notified the authorities, Ferson said.
“There were no additional cleanup measures required,” Ferson said.
R. Murray Scudder Jr., vice president of Hy-Line Cruises said the fuel was cleaned up in about an hour as the wind helped by pushing the fuel to one small area of the harbor.
The company is looking into why the boat was overfilled in order to prevent it from happening again, he said.
Hy-Line runs charter fishing services, ferries and cruises in the Cape Cod Canal and Hyannis Harbor.
The spill was the second incident in four days involving a Hy-Line boat.
On July 20, a recreational boat capsized in Hyannis Harbor in the wake of a Hy-Line ferry, flipping three people into the water. The Barnstable harbormaster’s office responded to the incident and brought the individuals to shore, where they were evaluated, according to Harbormaster Daniel Horn.
The boaters reported that a Hy-Line ferry travelling near their boat at a high rate of speed caused them to capsize, Horn said, adding that the matter was referred to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Lt. Corinne Plummer said that while the incident didn’t meet the threshold of a marine casualty, she investigated it.
The area where the incident occurred was dredged a few years ago, creating a shelf, Plummer said.
“Any wake that they may come across (in that area of the harbor) may be magnified,” Plummer said, adding…