Coast Guard Investigates Oil Sheen Near Tybee Island

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard is investigating a report of an oil sheen near Tybee Island, Ga., Saturday afternoon.

The National Response Center received a report of the sheen at approximately 9 a.m. Personnel from Marine Safety Unit Savannah, a small boat from Station Tybee and a helicopter from Air Station Savannah were dispatched to conduct on-scene and aerial assessments of the waterways and surrounding shorelines.

A light silvery sheen was initially observed near the Cockspur Island Lighthouse by the crew of the helicopter; however, a source of where the oil sheen originated from could not be immediately identified. Subsequent searches by Coast Guard personnel on land and water around both Cockspur and Tybee Islands yielded no observations of any contamination.

Any person with knowledge of the source of the oil sheen should contact the Coast Guard at 912-652-4353.

Other reports of oil and hazardous material discharges into navigable waters can be made at any time to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

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