Coast Guard responds to pollution from sunken vessel near Grays Harbor, Wash.

The 67-foot commercial fishing vessel Persistence floats at Westhaven Marina in Westport, Wash., after sinking at its pier and releasing a potential 250 gallons of diesel and 15 gallons of oil Dec. 6, 2015. Members at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor placed boom around the vessel after a rainbow sheen was observed and Coast Guard pollution responders are working with partner agencies to oversee the cleanup of the spill and salvaging of the vessel.

The 67-foot commercial fishing vessel Persistence floats at Westhaven Marina in Westport, Wash., Dec. 6, 2015. 

ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard, National Response Center and Washington State Department of Ecology personnel responded to oil pollution from a sunken 67-foot commercial vessel at Westhaven Marina near Grays Harbor, Wash., Sunday.

Responders from the Coast Guard Incident Management Division in Astoria will arrive on scene Monday morning and will be working with partner agencies to monitor the situation and oversee the cleanup.

After receiving a report of a possible sinking vessel at Westhaven Marina at approximately 12:40 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor to assess the situation. The commercial fishing vessel Persistence was found submerged at the pier, and a rainbow sheen was observed on the water. Containment boom was placed around the vessel to prevent the fuel from spreading.

The owner reported there are potentially 250 gallons of diesel and 15 gallons of oil onboard the vessel. To ensure a safe and effective pollution response, IMD personnel accessed the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and are working to hire a a vessel salvage company, to clean the pollution and remove the vessel.

“The Coast Guard’s job is to ensure that the source of the spill is secured and that cleanup is completed efficiently,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John Bennett, the watchstander who received the pollution report. “We will investigate the situation to hold the responsible party accountable.”

There have been no reports of affected wildlife.

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