Coast Guard: Cocoa Beach tar balls NOT from shrimp boat that sank; “Will continue to investigate” source

Crews collecting tar balls, Florida Today, July 8, 2010:

A six-man crew hired by the U.S. Coast Guard began rolling down the beach Wednesday on all-terrain vehicles, gathering tar balls from Jetty Park to 16th Street South in Cocoa Beach.

The tar first was reported Tuesday, and officials initially said it might have come from a shrimp boat that sank in the area in mid-May.

But a trajectory analysis of the wreck by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the ship's fuel wouldn't likely affect the shore, said Chris Evanson, a Coast Guard spokesman in Jacksonville.

Officials will continue to investigate.

Tar Balls Wash Ashore In Central Fla., Channel 4 Jacksonville, July 7, 2010:

Officials have determined the tar balls did not come from a shrimp boat that sank in May.

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