Coast Guard working to minimize pollution threat from fishing vessel

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard is working with California Department of Transportation, California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Fish and Game to minimize the pollution threat from the fishing vessel Dandy Bill, that is currently stuck beneath the San Mateo Bridge.

The Dandy Bill struck the bridge last night at 6:00 p.m. Two crewmembers aboard the vessel were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Tern and the other climbed to safety, after the bow of the vessel was stuck under the bridge.

  • The Coast Guard has contracted the National Response Corporation and Parker Dive Service to assess the situation, remove fuel from the vessel, and make preparations for salvage.
  • The fishing vessel has a fuel capacity of 8,000 gallons.
  • Oil sheens have been spotted within one to two miles of the vessel. Investigators are currently determining the source.
  • Shoreline surveys will be conducted to determine environmental status of beaches.
  • NRC is ready with containment boom to protect environmentally sensitive areas, and will be deployed once the winds and seas subside.
  • Fuel is currently being removed from tanks. Once completed, preparations will be made to salvage the vessel.

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