Wreck Off Keys Could Pose Oil Pollution Threat

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Associated Press Release

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A federal report says a ship sunk in the Gulf of Mexico off Key West is among more than a dozen wrecks nationwide that could pose a serious oil pollution threat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report was issued to the Coast Guard last week. It lists the Joseph M. Cudahy wreck among 17 sunken ships recommended for further assessment.

The Cudahy was an oil tanker that was torpedoed and sunk during World War II. Officials at NOAA and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary plan to survey the wreck in June with underwater vehicles.

The resource protection coordinator for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries tells The Key West Citizen that divers have reported finding oil residue on the ship's surface

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