Jekyll Island Swimmers, Anglers Warned Of Oil Contamination From Capsized Cargo Ship
Public health officials in Glynn County, Georgia are warning swimmers and fishermen of the presence of oil on Jekyll Island beaches.
They say people are finding bits of weathered oil, including quarter-sized tar-balls, that have washed up on the sand.
The beaches are open but beachgoers are urged to be cautious.
Anyone who sees an oil-sheen on the surface of the water is urged to notify the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.
The contamination originated from the Golden Ray carrier ship that capsized in the St. Simons Sound on September 30.
The public beaches on St. Simons Island appear to still be oil free, however.
The Golden Ray could have as much as 300,000 gallons of fuel onboard not including any in the 4,200 vehicles being shipped.
The Unified Command is delevoping a salvage plan as well as one to remove the fuel and pollutants from the ship. They are also developing a water-quality monitoring plan and encourage people to monitor the Georgia Department of Public Health website for advisories.