Coast Guard Investigates Oil Sheen Near Tybee Island

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard is investigating a report of an oil sheen near Tybee Island, Ga., Saturday afternoon.

The National Response Center received a report of the sheen at approximately 9 a.m. Personnel from Marine Safety Unit Savannah, a small boat from Station Tybee and a helicopter from Air Station Savannah were dispatched to conduct on-scene and aerial assessments of the waterways and surrounding shorelines.

A light silvery sheen was initially observed near the Cockspur Island Lighthouse by the crew of the helicopter; however, a source of where the oil sheen originated from could not be immediately identified. Subsequent searches by Coast Guard personnel on land and water around both Cockspur and Tybee Islands yielded no observations of any contamination.

Any person with knowledge of the source of the oil sheen should contact the Coast Guard at 912-652-4353.

Other reports of oil and hazardous material discharges into navigable waters can be made at any time to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

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  1. Terry Ball says:

    Dear Sir,Many years ago,around 1979 give or take a couple of years,I was working on my first and last commercial fishing boat.After 9 days at sea as we entered your harbor our captain and I use the term lightly, missed the inlet and we ran aground.It was a very rainy night and visibility was poor.We got turned around and headed back out to enter the inlet when the engine shut down.A Coast Guard cutter came to tow us in and ran up on the jetty.Our boat was called the SEA THREE.I was 19 or so and have told this story many times.Any newspaper article,pictures ect would be a wonderful airloom to my children and greatly appreciated…Terry Ball,102 Hilltop Ln.Hampstead N.C.28443