One year after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill and 3½ years after the destructive Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay, local, state and federal officials say they are better prepared to respond to a major oil spill. Read More
Authorities are trying to find the source of a wide oil slick spotted at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park on Tuesday morning.
The “light rainbow sheen” was called in around 6:30 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Laura Williams said.
The sheen “came in on an ebb tide,” she said.
Because it was such a wide sheen, authorities said it was difficult to estimate the amount of pollution. The oil sheen appeared to be evaporating, which is a positive sign, Williams said. Read More
One man is presumed drowned and a second recovering from hypothermia after their tugboat sank in heavy seas off Ocean Beach Saturday, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Kennedy said the two-man crew of the 43-foot Tugboat Richardson Bay had been on their way to retrieve a lost skiff in Pacifica when the boat began taking on water about a half-mile offshore at about 2 p.m. Read More
A tugboat captain piloting a 230-foot barge intentionally ran the vessel aground near San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club on Tuesday to prevent it from sinking and possibly causing an environmental disaster, company officials said. Read More
A surfer was pulled out to sea by the riptide near San Francisco's Ocean Beach and was lost in the water for at least a half-hour Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Read More
Although no one aboard a fishing vessel that ran aground off the San Mateo County coast early Tuesday morning was injured, the U.S. Coast Guard is keeping a close eye on the boat to ensure it doesn’t leak fuel and pollute the waters.A 911 call relayed from a San Mateo County emergency dispatcher at about 1 a.m. alerted the Coast Guard to the stranded boat, which ran aground near the shore of Half Moon Bay, Coast Guard Chief Scott Brazier said. Read More
A young whale that was fighting to break free from fishing line is missing after authorities decided the waters were too treacherous to conduct an immediate rescue Tuesday. Read More