Crewman aboard NJ-based fishing boat exposed to mustard gas

A New Jersey-based fishing vessel remains isolated off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts after crews pulled up munitions tainted with mustard gas.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Atlantic City-based vessel, the ESS Pursuit, dredged up two shells Sunday about 45 miles south of Long Island. The crew threw the items back into the ocean when a crewman began developing blisters.

Doctors treating the man say he had very painful blisters on an arm and leg.

The U.S. military used the ocean as a dumping ground for munitions, including a mustard agent, from after World War II through the 1960s.

Authorities have not said how long the boat will remain isolated.

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