1.5-mile oil spill discovered off Washington coast: Coast Guard

SEATTLE — The US Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill off the west coast of San Juan Island, Washington state, after a 15-meter-long fishing vessel with an estimated 2,600 gallons (9,854 liters) of fuel on board sank.

A Good Samaritan rescued all five crew members on the Aleutian island when the ship sank near Sunset Point on Saturday 13th Coast Guard District Pacific Northwest District in Seattle and KIRO-TV reported.

The cause of the sinking was initially unknown. The Aleutian island reported taking on water around 2 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound said personnel spotted a slick of oil about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) long around 5 p.m. Saturday, the district said.

Some of the shine made its way into nearby Canadian waters, Petty Officer Michael Clark said Sunday.

The Coast Guard was working with the Canadian Coast Guard’s Regional Operations Center, the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, the Washington State Department of Ecology and the nonprofit Oil Spill Association on Sunday to contain and recover the spill, Clark said.

The Coast Guard also said it was working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tracked the spill’s trajectory, and others to ensure southern resident killer whales near the San Juan Islands do not come into contact with the spill .

San Juan Island is located approximately 90 miles north of Seattle and 16 miles east of Victoria, British Columbia

“We are working with government and industry partners to ensure an efficient and effective containment and recovery response,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Dykens said in a statement. “The local community, the environment and protected marine species are our top priority.”

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