Coast Guard Joins Response to Oil Spill on Jones Beach, NY

NEW YORK–Multiple agencies are responding to a report of an oil spill on approximately three miles of shoreline on Lido Beach near Jones Beach, N.Y., today.

Coast Guard Station Jones Beach received a call at 11:05 a.m. from several surfers who reported that there were tar-like balls of oil washing up on the shore approximately one mile in each direction of their position. They also reported that they had oil on their wet suits.

A Coast Guard Auxiliary Aircraft was conducting a Maritime Domain Awareness Patrol in the area and was diverted to the scene at 11:30 a.m. A Nassau County Police Department Air unit also conducted over flights of the area in attempt to locate the source and any additional debris.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Jones Beach and Pollution Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Coram responded to determine the extent of the damage and the type of oil. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City also conducted an over flight which did not result in amplifying information.

Pollution Response Investigators from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Coram, and Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound are on scene working alongside contracted clean up crews from the Miller Environmental Company.

Coast Guard Station Jones Beach and Coast Guard Station Fire Island response boat crews are standing by to deploy oil containment boom in the nearby inlets, such as Reynolds’s Channel, if needed.

Coast Guard Sector New York and Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound are gathering oil samples from all vessels transiting to and from the port of New York and New Jersey within the estimated time frame to match the source of the pollution.

“We are working with all the local, state and federal response agencies to determine the source of the oil spill, and to get it cleaned up as soon as possible to mitigate the spread and environmental impact,” said Lt. Meg Phillips, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty watch officer.

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