ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Salvage workers in the Saint Simons Sound are removing tens of thousands of gallons of fuel every day from the capsized Golden Ray vessel.
In the latest update, 136,000-gallons have been pumped out so far.
Officials say the source of an oil discharge on Monday has now been found and capped off. Oil spilled into the water, causing the Coastal Health District to issue a swimming advisory on Jekyll and St. Simons islands.
And on land, crews continue their efforts to clean the oil that has reached the marsh grass and vegetation. Just Wednesday, the Unified Command says they cleaned a mile and a half of shoreline.
If you’re out along these shores, officials say do not touch oil or attempt to rescue oiled birds or wildlife. They should instead report any sightings of oil to (800) 424-8802 and report any oiled wildlife to (800) 261-0980.
For the very latest on the Golden Ray salvage efforts from the Unified Command, click here.
Previous stories on the Golden Ray:
- Crews report new discharge from Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound
- Entire crew rescued from capsized cargo ship off Ga. coast
- Focus shifts to salvage, pollution mitigation of capsized ship off Ga. coast
- Coast Guard: “Discharge” leaking from overturned ship in St. Simons Sound
- Crews say it could take months to remove capsized ship from St. Simons Sound
- Flipped cargo ship in St. Simons Sound having impact on local economy