Sunday, December 12, 2004

Salvage crew reaches stricken ship

The weather cleared up some today and the Coast Guard was able to get a salvage crew to the Selendang Ayu. There are some conflicting reports on the amount of heating oil spilled. They range from 40,000 gallons to 140,000 gallons. Some of the oil may have already balled up and sunk. The distances of the oil sheen also varies.
The spill is near a wildlife refuge, home to sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, tanner crabs and halibut. Environmental officials are concerned that resident bald eagles may scavenge on any oiled birds that could wash ashore.
More to come as I get it.

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