Fuel removed from grounded fishing vessel

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard monitored the removal of 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel from the fishing vessel Dandy Bill, this afternoon after it became stuck under the San Mateo Bridge last night.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tern rescued two crewmembers and their dog from the fishing vessel after it ran aground, yesterday. The boat drifted into the bridge and the third crewmember was able to climb off the vessel to safety. California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish and Game, and the California Department of Transportation also responded.

The vessel’s captain reported that the original amount of fuel onboard was unknown. Consequently it is undetermined if any fuel spilled into the San Francisco Bay or how much. Environmental assessments of shore areas has been conducted with no signs of pollution. A Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter, from Air Station San Francisco, conducted an overflight of the area and was unable to locate any oil sheens.

Several plans for removal of the vessel are still under consideration.

All traffic lanes are now open, however the shoulder will remain closed until further notice.

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