Coast Guard observes sheen near shipwreck
Friday, July 27, 2012
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The Coast Guard is responding to a sheen in the water near the wreck of a fishing boat on the central Oregon coast.
A helicopter crew observed an approximate 50-by-100-foot sheen along the ocean side of the jetty late Thursday afternoon.
The 48-foot vessel Two Mikes crashed into the north jetty at the mouth of Yaquina Bay last Sunday night.
The Coast Guard says contractors, who were standing by, set up about 1000 feet of boom in the water, although officials say the sheen is quickly dispersing and the spill would not be recoverable.
The Coast Guard has not said what substance is leaking into the water and causing the sheen, but they plan to remove fuel from the vessel's tanks as soon as weather will permit that operation.