Coast Guard responds to oil sheen near Treasure Island

SAN FRANCISCO – Pollution cleanup operations are underway, today, near the decommissioned naval tug, the U.S.S. Wenonah, moored to the eastern side of Treasure Island.

The Coast Guard received the report around 11:49 a.m., from a pedestrian, of the tug sitting low in the water. A 400-yard debris field ,along with a several hundred-foot diesel sheen, was found in the vicinity of the tug.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco immediately dispatched pollution investigators, and provided initial response with absorbent boom and other cleanup materials. The Coast Guard Cutter Tern, a 87-foot patrol boat homeported here, a 41-foot utility boat from Station San Francisco, and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco were also dispatched to the scene. The Army Corps of Engineers’ motor vessel Grizzly is also on scene.

The Coast Guard has contracted Parker Diving and Salvage to provide spill response and clean-up and has enforced a 200-yard safety zone around the vessel.

The Wenonah was decommissioned in April 1974 after serving 33 years with the U.S. Navy as a harbor tug.

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