The 125 foot long research vessel Hero sank near Willapa Bay at its berth in Bay Center, Washington. The Coast Guard was notified that the vessel had partially sank and a light sheen of pollution was visible.
Authorities dispatched a response team to the scene and deployed booms and absorbent pads to collect and contain the pollution. No reports of injuries.
The Coast Guard has contracted a salvage company to remove the remaining oil and fuel from the vessel. The operation shall be paid using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
The 120 foot long offshore supply ship Miss Lynda ran aground off the west Cameron Jetties in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The vessel with 7 persons on board and a cargo of construction materials. The supply ship struck the rocks and sustained hull damage at the bow above the water line. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Four passengers were evacuated off the vessel while three crew remained on board while salvage is being determined. Reports state the Coast Guard is coordinating efforts and have launched an investigation into the incident.