Coast Guard overseeing cleanup of diesel spill in Darien, Ga.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – Coast Guard pollution responders are continuing to oversee the cleanup of about 100 gallons of diesel fuel that was released into the Darien River in Darien, Ga., Thursday.

Officials from the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office notified Coast Guardsmen Thursday evening after members of the community complained of a strong diesel smell originating near Brown’s Seafood in Darien.

Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Savannah went to the scene Thursday evening and discovered about 100 gallons of diesel had been released into the river from the fishing vessel Miss Lewis.

Since Thursday evening, 680 feet of soft boom has been deployed, 150 gallons of diesel-water mixture has been recovered, and 25 bags, which contain cleanup material and diesel-soaked vegetation, totaling 1,500 pounds have been properly disposed of.

Boom is scheduled to remain in place until Monday, and the boat ramp at Skipper’s Fish Camp is scheduled to remain closed until Monday, at which point all recoverable product should be removed from the environment, said Lt. Warren Fair of Marine Safety Unit Savannah.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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