Coast Guard responds to diesel fuel spill

PORTLAND, Oregon — The Coast Guard responded to a 90-gallon release of diesel fuel into the Columbia River here in the vicinity of the Columbia River Yacht Club around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Portland Incident Management Division responded to the scene and found that the pleasure craft High Steaks had unintentionally released the diesel fuel into the river.

The owner of the vessel, along with the staff from the yacht club, worked quickly by deploying boom and sorbent pads. They were able to contain the fuel inside the boathouse and at the same time recover as much of the fuel from the water as possible. Additionally, 35-gallons of fuel was recovered from the bilges of the vessel.

The owner of the vessel and the staff from the yacht club had fuel spill response supplies on hand and the training to deploy them in a timely manner. This rapid response allowed the fuel to be contained, avoiding a significant impact to the Columbia River system.

“The Coast Guard relies on the training and response of local mariners to incidents when Coast Guard assets are not readily available,” said Ltjg. Ryan Harry, Sector Portland public affairs officer.

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