Thousands of gallons of diesel and oil sank along with a 49-foot commercial fishing vessel off the coast of the San Juan Islands Saturday afternoon.
There was a visible sheen of oil covering nearly 2 miles west of Sunset Point by 5 p.m., according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard. All five crewmembers on the shipping vessel, called Aleutian Isle, were rescued by a bystander.
The agency says about 2,600 gallons of fuel sank along with the ship. Its Pacific Northwest office on Twitter said it’s monitoring the area for orcas, specifically southern resident killer whales, which frequent the region.
“While there are not any whales currently in the area, our agencies are prepared to deploy authorized deterrents,” its post reads.
#UPDATE (1/2) #USCG is coordinating with Sound Watch and @NOAA to monitor the location of the Southern Resident Killer Whales in the vicinity of the San Juan Islands. While there are not any whales currently in the area, our agencies are prepared to deploy authorized deterrents.— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) August 14, 2022