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Coast Guard investigates fuel spill off Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD — Authorities are cleaning up a diesel spill that was reported off Hilton Head Island.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston and Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Ga., crews were called to Jarvis Creek on Friday concerning a diesel fuel sheen spotted in the area, a news release states.

Officials determined that the spill came from commercial fishing vessels the Lady Essie and Diane, according to the release.

Both vessels carried a combined 1,300 gallons of fuel. It is unknown how much fuel spilled into the water, officials said.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Lt. Commander Derek Beatty said a light sheen was noticeable on the water, indicating that the pollution was relatively minimal.

“It doesn’t appear to have a major impact on the environment at this time,” Beatty said.

The Coast Guard is collaborating with oil spill response organization SWS Environmental Services to contain the pollution.

Mariners are asked to report any fuel sheen sightings to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802, the release states.

The incident remains under investigation.

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