Coast Guard responds to grounded fishing vessel at San Juan Island

13th Coast Guard District News
SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound responded to the grounded fishing vessel Ruby Lily, which ran aground at Petos Island, Wash., with one person on board at approximately 1:30 a.m., Tuesday.

The operator of the 50-foot commercial vessel is uninjured and has decided to remain on board.

A Coast Guard Station Bellingham response boat crew reports the vessel is intact with no pollution sighted. Ruby Lily has approximately 4,800 gallons of diesel fuel onboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo remains on scene and Vessel Assist has been hired using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF). The OSLTF, managed by the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC), has been opened to cover the costs of refloating, salvaging and any required clean up due to the fishing vessel Ruby Lily.

The Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center was created to implement Title I of the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), which addressed issues associated with preventing, responding to and paying for oil pollution. Title I of OPA established oil spill liability and compensation requirements, including the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to pay for expeditious oil removal and uncompensated damages.

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