Oil sheen from crab ship gone, but ropes pose hazard to sea life
COOS BAY, Ore. - A crab ship that ran aground in a coastal wildlife refuge on Wednesday no longer appears to be leaking oil but is breaking up in the pounding surf, KCBY News confirmed at the scene.
The vessel Robert Henry ran aground approximately 400 yards off Cape Arago in the Simpson Reef segment of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Officials said a sheen of oil seen Thursday has dissipated, and two other fuel tanks from the ship are now on shore.
So far, no harm has come to marine life in the area as the wave pound the boat to pieces.
However, officials are concerned that ropes and other crabbing gear aboard the boat could pose an entanglement risk to marine life.
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