Coast Guard responds to report of fuel sheen near Hilton Head

Southeastern Coast Guard News
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Members from Coast Guard Sector Charleston and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Ga., responded to a report of diesel fuel sheen in the vicinity of Jarvis Creek, near Hilton Head Island, S.C., Friday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the situation, Friday morning. Upon further investigation, MSU Savannah and Sector Charleston members determined the cause of the pollution to be from two grounded commercial fishing vessels, the Lady Essie and Diane.

The total amount of diesel fuel believed to be aboard the two vessels combined is approximately 1,300 gallons. It is unknown how much fuel has actually spilled out at this time.

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

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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