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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  1. Debra says:

    The Coast Guard is underrated. They should receive more attention. They are the angels of the Sea.

  2. Angela says:

    the man who died in this accident was a wonderfull guy who gave his life for his friend and saved countless others by building the coast guard SAFE boats for years before he became his own captain. Think of him everytime you see a RBS SAFE boat, he probly wired the helm on the boat coming to save you. Wes will be loved and missed forever.