New skimming boat helping cleanup in Baldwin County

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The oil spill cleanup effort is involving a new type of skimming boat in Baldwin County.

The skimmers remove oil from shallow waters and use an absorbent material inside the grates at the front of the boat. They can clear a path of 19-feet through the oily waters and collect tar balls two feet under the surface.

So far, the skimmers covered the back bays around the pass.

As many as ten skimmers will be in the waters by the end of the week.

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