Coast Guard, National Park Service complete removal of diesel fuel, marine pollutants onboard Paloma

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard and National Park Service completed removal of marine pollutants and diesel fuel from the grounded fishing vessel Paloma, at Ocean Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco activated an Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) Tuesday to remove the diesel fuel and any other potential marine pollutants onboard.

Two fuel tanks were removed Wednesday containing approximately 35 total gallons of diesel fuel. It is unknown how much fuel Paloma had onboard when it grounded; trace amounts of unrecoverable product were noted, which quickly dissipated, in the immediate vicinity.

Pollution recovery activities concluded at 9:15 a.m., and operations transitioned to removing the Paloma and associated debris from the beach.

The area around the vessel will remain closed to the public until further notice. The vessel removal operations are expected to last until Friday.

The National Park Service has assumed lead for the vessel removal phase.

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