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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 01, 1993, Page PAGE 7-A, Image 7

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STAFF PHOIOS BY IYNN CAXISON Dockside Fun Lunch time revelers gather at Sa turday's annual Day at the Docks sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. Above, residents and visitors en joy tasty treats, view local artwork and learn about safe boating at Holden Reach Marina. At left, volunteers serve fish plates to benefit Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Derpartment. Those attending en joyed boat rides from dock to dock, as festival events also took place at Capt'n Pete's and Inde pendent Seafood docks. Leaking Shrimp Boat Removed From Intracoasta! Waterway Last Week BY DOUG RUTTER A partially-sunken shrimp boat that was leak ing petroleum was removed from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway last week, nearly three weeks after sinking at its dock. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Wilmington is still investigating the ease and hasn't determined whether the boat owner will be cited or fined, said Ensign Karl Delooff. "The investigation is still in progress, but it should be closing soon," Delooff said Friday. "The environmental impact should be negligible if there is any." The trawler No Way sank at its dock near Holdcn Beach Bridge March 5 and die Coast Guard noticed a sheen on the water the following day. It was determined that dicscl fuel and motor oil leaked from the damaged vessel. A containment boom was used to keep the spill from spreading, but petroleum washed over the boom during the March 13 winter storm. "That storm really thrashed the area pretty good," Delooff said. The 50-foot wooden trawler was removed from the waterway last Tuesday by a commercial salvage company hired by boat owner Ann Pittman, according to the Coast Guard. "There would have been no damage io the environment if they came down here and gave me a hand" ?Gerald Pittman Gerald Pillman, son of the owner, contends that the trawler wouldn't have sunk and wouldn't have leaked petroleum into the waterway if the Coast Guard had responded to calls before the boat sank. Pittman said in a telephone interview last week that the Coast Guard was called twice the day before boat sank and asked for assistance. The Coast Guard didn't show up until the next day. "All of this could have been avoided if they had come and helped me," Pittman said. "If they would have sent one little boat down here none of this would have happened. 1 don't understand. I thought that's what they were for." Delooff said the Coasl Guard's hands were lied by a law ihat requires the agency to allow commercial salvage companies to tackle such jobs when no lives arc in dangci and there isn't risk of injury. "Our top priority is to save lives," Delooff said. "If there's no life in danger and there arc commercial salvors available we have to allow them to do it. As soon as life is put in danger we can rush in and take over." Although no lives were in danger, Pittman said the environment was being threatened by the petroleum spill. "There would have been no damage to the environment if they came down here and gave me a hand," he said. "We don't want to pollute the environment. We feci really bad about it. We did all we could do." Delooff said the law is open to interpretation in cases like the No Way incident. "When a situation like this occurs it's real fuzzy as to how far we can go. A lot of eases it is a judgment call." Delooff said both the Coast Guard and boat owner have a responsibility to protect the envi ronment. If the Coast Guard determines that a vi olation occurred, the owner could face a fine of up to S25.CXX). Holden Committee Says Sewer Plant Needed BY DOUG RUTTER Holdcn Beach's sewer commiuee believes treating and disposing of wastewater at a central plant would solve the island's pollution prob lems, according to a report presented last week to the board of commis sioners. The two-page report released last Wednesday says ground and surface waters are being polluted due to the inability of conventional septic sys tems to function properly on Holdcn Beach. As part of its research, the fact finding committee reviewed waste water treatment studies commis sioned by the town in 1987 and 1989 and discussed the issue with three engineering firms. 'The one thing all five firms agree upon is that the Town of Holdcn Beach's septic tank system is not providing proper disposition of our waste," the committee report stales. Town board members did not dis cuss the report last week. They de cided to hold off until after Tuesday night's meeting regarding formation of a regional sewer district in the South Brunswick Islands. Sewer committee members are Jim Griffin, Jack Potter, Jim Lowell, Helen White and Harold Steorts. Their two-page report indicates that the natural conditions at Holden Beach are not conducive to conven tional septic systems. "It appears that the problem on Holden Beach is thai there is not enough acrobatic treatment soil be tween the septic tank drain lines and the high water level to treat the ef fluents being discharged by the con ventional septic tank systems." "This high water level combined with the back and forth movement of water in the sub-soil (tide changes, runoff waters and rain) causes pollution in the sub-soils, groundwater and surface waters." Committee members think the pollution problem could be solved ?w?ww9a'?waiiMWMaMunwwjmwuuiJ?gK Security Systems Residential Commercial ? 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The committee reported that the five engineering firms have recom mended three types of systems, but they do not agree on which one would be best for Holdcn Beach. Speaking for the committee at last week's meeting, Lowell said the best option would be the "step system." It pumps effluent from the septic tank to a treatment facility. Cost esti mates for this type of system range from S3.9 million to S9.1 million. Other alternatives include a con ventional gravity-flow system with pumping stations located throughout the island. That would cost between S8.8 million and S15 million. For approximately S4 million, the town could build a "hybrid system" using a grinder and pump. Hook-up fees would range from S2.000 to S4.000 per household. Monthly ser vice fees would be between $20 and S30. Lowell also said building a sewer plant on the island is not economi cally feasible. The report says grants and low-interest loans might be available if Holden Beach formed a "sewage district" on the mainland. Lowell said the committee is will ing to do more work at the town board's request. "1 don't think we're at a standstill or any end point," he said. The Perfect Atmosphere For Dining Special This Fri. & Sat. Baby Back Ribs $9.95 WITH THIS AD only $8.95 OPEN: 5 PM Monday-Saturday We are located on Stone Chimney Road at Lockwood Folly, Varnamtown ? 842-3872 THf BHUNSWICW WACO* The U.S. Coast Guard Oak Island Station reported two search and res cue operations in nearby waters Saturday, according to BMCS J.D. Amdt, officer in charge. At about 2:45 p.m., authorities at Coast Guard Group Fort Macon re ceived a radio call from the ship "Meeraa," with a report of an in jured crewman on board. The man had fallen down a ladder while the vessel was approximately 60 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River. A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched from the air station in FJi/abeth City with an emergency medical technician on board to as sist. The EMT and equipment was lowered from the helicopter to the ship's deck at about 7 p.m. Because of the patient's condi tion, it was determined that he could not be safely hoisted onto the heli copter. Instead, the captain of the Meeriut decided to navigate into the Cape Fear River and transfer the pa tient to a waiting ambulance at the Sunny Point Military Ocean Term Coast Guard Injured Man Aboard Ship Off Cape Fear inal. However the ship did not have Ihe appropriate charts to navigate the river. So the helicopter lowered the necessary navigational materials to the Meeraa's crew. The ship docked at Sunny Point and the injured crewman was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center by a Southport Rescue Squad ambulance. At about 6 p.m., someone who had been walking along Caswell Beach contacted the Oak Island sta tion and reported seeing a boat cap sized about 2(X) yards off shore. The station launched its 21-foot rigid-hull inflatable fast response boat to the reported position and found an overturned 14-foot boat with no survivors in the water. The Coast Guard crew looked under the boat, but found no one trapped be neath it. It was later determined that the boat had Hipped earlier in the day and the occupants had made it to shore safely. Sirens To Test At Low Volume People living in the 10-milc area around Carolina Power & Light's Brunswick nuclear plant may hear sirens on April 6, 7 and 8. Because CP&L tests the sirens in dividually, there is no specific time when residents should expect to hear them. CP&L will test each siren at low volume. This will sound like a "growl" and will last only a few sec onds. Residents may not hear the sirens unless they are very close to a siren when it is tested. These tests are not intended to check volume but to make sure each siren works. CP&L conducts a silent test every iwo weeks and conducts ihc "growl" tests every three months. It conducts a tuii-voiume test once each year. The rotating sirens are mounted on tall poles at 34 locations within 10 miles of the plant. The sounding of the sirens does not mean the public should evacu ate. In an emergency, the sirens would alert the public to listen to ra dio and television for information and instructions from the Emer gency Broadcast System. Questions about the tests may be directed to county or state emer gency management offices, to CP&L's Brunswick Visitors Center or any CP&L business office. 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