Coast Guard, local agencies respond to reports of strong oil smell in Vallejo

65 San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard and local agencies responded to reports of a smell of oil and sheen on the water near Rodeo and Vallejo Tuesday evening.

At approximately 8 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a call from Vessel Traffic Service of the Ferry Intintoli reporting a strong smell of oil while transiting near Rodeo and Vallejo and received further information of sheen on the water reported by Coast Guard Station Vallejo crewmembers and other ferry vessels. Coast Guard and California Fish and Wildlife pollution investigators responded as well and were sent to various locations in the area.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco to conduct an over flight of the area. The aircrew did not locate any sheen. They were scheduled to conduct a first light helicopter search Wednesday morning. Coast Guard boat crews searched the waters near Vallejo and Mare Island and did not locate any sheen as well.

It’s not known if the sheen reported on the water is related to the strong odor in the area that prompted local officials to issue a shelter in place order.

An urgent marine information broadcast is being issued to local mariners. Please contact the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center at (415) -399-7300 to report any oil sheen or other pollution.

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