WESTPORT - Coast Guard personnel are responding to a diesel and motor-oil sheen in the Westport Slough.
Coast Guard Sector Portland's Incident Management Division dispatched a team to the reported location at 10 a.m., Tuesday, to investigate and ensure appropriate cleanup efforts are coordinated.
The owners of the Kerry West Marina in the Westport Slough reported a 40-foot by 1,000-foot sheen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, originating from a 30-foot boat that sank at the dock. Personnel from the marina began cleanup efforts by deploying containment-boom and absorbent pads but the sheen has not been contained.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched from Group/Air Station Astoria to confirm and survey the size of the sheen.
Cowlitz Clean Sweep contractors have been hired and were expected to arrive on scene early afternoon Tuesday to conduct the remaining clean-up.
The amount of diesel fuel and motor oil released and the extent of the pollution's impact to the environment is unknown at this time.