Coast Guard Continues Pollution Response in Hilton Head

Southeastern Coast Guard News
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Coast Guardsmen from Sector Charleston and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Ga., continue working with local contractors in response to a diesel fuel sheen in the vicinity of Jarvis Creek, near Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday.

The sheen was initially reported in the vicinity of two grounded commercial fishing vessels, the Lady Essie and Dianie, which are partially submerged in Jarvis Creek. Responders determined the pollution threat was coming from the Lady Essie and deployed two layers of boom to absorb the potential release of diesel fuel.

Current plans include having the Lady Essie raised to remove the fuel from the vessel’s fuel tank.

The Coast Guard is working with SWS Environmental Services, an oil spill response organization, to ensure the spill is contained and to limit the impact to the environment.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the situation Friday morning.

Mariners should report any impacted areas or fuel spill sightings to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

The incident is under investigation.

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