Coast Guard and agency partner continue clean-up efforts around sunk tug

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Coast Guard and California Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Pervention and Response continue the investigation and oversight of clean-up efforts after the decommissioned naval tug, the USS Wenonah, sunk at Pier 1 on Treasure Island, here.

Clean-up operations and preparations for refloating the tug were tol continue until 9:00 p.m. Monday and restart at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. All tanks onboard the vessel have been plugged and the pollution has been contained. A containment boom is in place and contractors continue to remove any remaining oil.

The Coast Guard responded with a pollution response team, a 41-foot utility boat from Station San Francisco, a 65-foot cutter from Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco, the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco after receiving a call of a vessel sitting low in the water at 11:49 a.m. today. The Coast Guard activated the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. Parker Dive and Salvage and the National Response Corporation were contracted to conduct clean-up operations.

After the Dolphin helicopter completed an aerial assessment early this afternoon, they reported a sheen had stretched to the Berkeley Marina area. An additional pollution response team was dispatched where investigators found a light amount of diesel oil in that area. All large debris have been removed from the area as well.

Coast Guard investigators remain on scene while California Fish and Game representatives monitor the impact to local wildlife and the environment. There is no report of any negative impact to local sensitive marine sites.

The public is asked to call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926 if they find any harmed wildlife.

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