Since Friday, Coast Guard teams from Charleston and Savannah have been in Jarvis Creek near Hilton Head…working to contain a diesel fuel spill.
The Coast Guard has hired a new company to drain 1,300 gallons of fuel aboard two shrimping boats that ran aground near Hilton Head Island.
The cleanup has been ongoing since Friday, when an oil spill was spotted in Jarvis Creek north of the island. The Coast Guard says the spill came after the commercial fishing vessels Lady Essie and Diane. Spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto said it was determined only one of the vessels was leaking the fuel.
“Responders determined that the pollution threat was coming from the Lady Essie and deployed two layers of absorbent boom to absorb any potential release of diesel fuel,” he told South Carolina Radio Network.
Savannah-based Moran Environmental Recovery has been hired to remove the fuel. The Coast Guard does not currently have a timetable for removing the vessels. Soto said the priority was to first clean up the fuel.
Investigators are also trying to determine why the boats ran aground. Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies say the captain of the Port Royal-based Lady Essie was trying to tow the Dianie from a dock Wednesday morning when the boats ran aground.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report