Coast Guard responds to Tacoma oil spill

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology responded last night to a reported 380 gallon diesel fuel spill into Commencement Bay by the 160-foot fishing vessel Bowfin.

The Bowfin was performing an internal transfer of diesel fuel on Pier 25 in the Port of Tacoma when a security guard noticed and reported the vessel spilling the fuel overboard and into the water.

In addition to the Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology, the Washington State Marine Cooperative have responded. The National Response Corporation has been hired to begin cleaning up the fuel.

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