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Possible WWII-era sunken ship found in Gulf of Mexico

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PORT ARTHUR -- Crews today stopped a slow fuel-oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that had led them to a sunken ship, possibly a World War II-era cargo vessel.

The Coast Guard said crews were working to siphon off an estimated 16,000 gallons of recoverable fuel oil believed to be onboard and clean up the minor spill.

The shipwreck was found about 6 miles off Texas Point, near Sabine Pass, as the Coast Guard and other members of the response team traced the source of the leak over the past couple of weeks. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Kimberly Kaiser said she didn't know exactly when the shipwreck was discovered.

The Coast Guard said the vessel is consistent with the size and shape of a 417-foot long, 56-foot wide Liberty ship and is mostly buried in the Gulf bed.

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