Crews cleaning up the fuel spill off Tybee Island are now concentrating their efforts on Wassaw Island, after the Coast Guard spotted small patches of oil about seven to ten miles east of the island. Crews have spent the last two days picking up tar and debris that washed ashore. Environmental experts estimate one and a half miles of salt marsh and 200 yards of beach have been affected by the spill.
On Wednesday, the cargo ship, Fortune Epoch, started leaking fuel into the ocean about ten miles off the coast of Savannah. The Coast Guard says they're still not certain how much oil was spilled. Fortune Epoch was travelling with approximately 30,500 gallons of fuel oil. About 15,000 gallons have been removed from the ship's damaged fuel tank so far.
The wildlife rehabilitation group, Tri-State Bird Rescue, is helping birds affected by the oil spill. At least 20 birds were found with some oil residue. The group is monitoring the area through the weekend looking for more birds. If you see signs of oil or impacted wildlife on the beach, call the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Savannah at (912) 652-4181.
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