Multiple agencies work to cleanup after Renee Maria accident

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard and other state and local agencies are working to cleanup a diesel sheen that resulted from the overturning of the fishing vessel, Renee Maria, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, Quinault Nation Indian Tribe, Washington Department of Ecology, Department of Interior, Meredith Management and CPR Mangement Services are responding to the sheen that is reported to be one-half mile long and 80-feet wide. The Coast Guard has opened the National Pollution Fund for $250,000 for the cleanup.

The sheen is made up of diesel, hydraulic and other lubricant fluids and is reported to be evaporating with no risk of reaching land. A salvage company has been hired to recover the Renee Maria.

The Renee Maria overturned Tuesday prompting Coast Guard units to respond and rescue its two passengers from the water.

The accident is under investigation.

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