Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Hannibal Fire Department met at the Hannibal Boat Marina at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, to decide what to do about some black material that was discovered floating in the water in the northwest corner of the boat marina.
Meanwhile a sample was taken, and the Department of Natural Resources was to be contacted to determine how it should be handled.
Sgt. Greg Leftwich of the state patrol reported he had contacted the HFD after he received the initial report of a substance in the river.
“It was described as oil,” Leftwich said, noting the water in this area of the boat marina, the farthest corner from the river, was not moving.
The firefighters arrived at the scene, preparing to remove what had been reported as oil.
“We tried to use an absorbent material,” said Assistant Fire Chief Sean Hampton. This was not successful.