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Resolve’s team reponds to a 150′ towing vessel which struck a submerged object in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel began flooding approximately 20 miles offshore while loaded with approximately 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel oil. The vessel eventually sank with only 2 feet of the vessel remaining visible. Resolve Towing and Salvage responded and identified a 9′ crack with a 3′ rupture. The Resolve Team mobilized equipment to lighter the fuel and seal the hull to prevent further discharge. Upon completion of lightering the vessel was raised using a combination of dewatering of tanks and lift bags and subsequently secured in preparation for towing, in her inverted position, to safe harbor. Upon the vessel’s arrival, Resolve completed de-fueling of the vessel and righted her using a combination of water ballast in off-center fuel tanks and two cranes.