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11/22/04

Fuel Spill Cleanup Continues

More wildlife has been put in danger and the cleanup continues from a fuel spill off the coast of Tybee Island. The Coast Guard, US Fish and Wildlife, and Tri-State Bird Rescue have all responded to take care of the spill.

It happened last Wednesday when a ship leaked fuel into the ocean about ten miles off the coast of Tybee, creating a seven-mile slick.

So far, crews have recovered 29 oil-soaked birds, and 18 of them have died. Fuel has also been washing up on the Tybee shore and Wassaw Island.

"We have up to this point scoured each of the islands and cleaned up all the oil we've come across, and in the past 24 hours, we have not found any oil or tar balls on any of the beaches in the region," said Lt. Anthony Quirino with the US Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard says it will monitor the situation until it is certain all the fuel is cleaned up.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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