Unified Command Continues St. Simons Sound Incident Response: Update 16

Date: 9.27.19

Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

The Unified Command is responding to a discharge of pollution by the Motor Vessel Golden Ray that occurred late Friday afternoon. On water skimming operations were carried out using assets that the Unified Command had staged in the vicinity of the Golden Ray to respond to potential discharges. The release has stopped and shoreline cleanup teams and equipment remain staged and ready to rapidly respond to any impacts. Members of the public should 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.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

Specialists continue to actively monitoring air and water quality around the vessel, Jekyll Island, and St. Simons Island. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website or call (844) 863-0325 for public health information and advisories.  

Unified Command skimmers mobilize and respond to a recent pollution discharge in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 27, 2019. Vessels strategically staged in the vicinity of the Golden Ray were able to quickly mobilize, and an overflight was conducted in response to this event. (Unified Command photos)