Coast Guard monitoring oil sheen of California coast

SAN DIEGO – The Coast Guard is monitoring an oil sheen from an unknown source appearing about six miles west of Imperial Beach that stretches south of the Mexican border Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) in San Diego received a call from a mariner aboard a recreational vessel who was in the area and noticed an oily sheen in the water.

Coast Guard Sector San Diego diverted a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from a training mission to investigate the report. The aircrew noticed the sheen was a trail approximately a half mile wide that extended westward about 15 miles before turning south into Mexican waters. The Coast Guard is working with the Mexican authorities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to monitor the situation.

An oil sheen means the substance is petroleum-based that is typically lighter such as diesel fuel or other fuels, and makes a rainbow-like effect in the water.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the seen and work with Mexican authorities to determine the best course of action.

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