|The Tamara, aground near Ocean Shores.|
The Coast Guard noted there was some level of pollution escaping from the grounded vessel and notified our spills team. We were informed there was as much as 1,000 gallons of fuel on board at the time of the grounding.
We dispatched two of our Southwest Region spill responders to the scene, who worked with a Coast Guard contractor to assess the situation.
Mid-day Aug. 12, 2015: Tamara visible from the beachat high tide.
To get a better perspective, our spills team took to the air via helicopter. They were able to spot a notable sheen from the vessel being carried south by currents.
Oil sheen carrying south along Ocean Shores. Chance a la Mer State Park in background.
Thanks to a little help from the moon with a strong minus tide, our spills team and the contractor were able to reach the vessel and pump off 630 gallons of remaining fuel and oily water from the Tamara via a vacuum truck. Responders were able to recover buckets and containers of oil, as well as other hazardous materials.
Coast Guard contractor working to remove remaining fuel from the Tamara at low tide, morning of Aug. 12.
DNR Derelict Vessel program removing the Tamara (Photos: DNR)
More information on our spills program, including what to do in the event of a spill, is available on our website.