Update on Mystery Oil Spill Off Puerto Rico

GUANICA, Puerto Rico – The Unified Command announced Sunday the continued efforts in the ongoing recovery of oil products, and protecting the sensitive areas in the southwest coast of Puerto Rico from Guayanilla Bay to La Parguera.

The crew of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter with a marine pollution investigator aboard conducted an overflight to verify a report of a new sighting of a patch of oil, approximately one and a half miles southeast of La Parguera.

Additional response personnel from the Coast Guard National Strike Force and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration have augmented the Unified Command. Oil recovery and shoreline assessment teams have been deployed throughout the affected areas. So far, approximately 50 cubic yards of material have been recovered from the water and beaches.

No reports of wildlife being affected by the oil product have been received and wildlife experts from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and U.S. Fish and wildlife continue to monitor the situation.

Coast Guard pollution investigators continue investigating the origin of the material that has been spilled into the water. If anyone has any information leading to the responsible party for the spill, they are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard at 787-289-2041.

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