ORIENTAL — A Carteret County fisherman's trawler sank in Oriental Harbor Tuesday, resulting in an oil spill.
The Lady Barbara, a 71-foot shrimp trawler owned by Ralph Taylor of Marshallberg, sank in the harbor near Hodges Street, beside the docks of Garland Fulcher Seafood, after being docked since last summer with engine problems. Sherrill Styron, owner of the seafood company, said an oil spill boom was put around the boat to contain the spill as much as possible and absorbent pads were put out to collect the oil, while Mr. Taylor and the U.S. Coast Guard were called in.
"There really wasn't that much spilled," Mr. Styron said Thursday. "I think the situation's under control. There's just a sheen on water now."