WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The US Coast Guard National Strike Force Team has begun pumping the remaining 135,000 gallons of oil from the stranded freighter, New Carissa. The freighter has been stranded on shore about one mile north of Coos Bay, OR, since Feb. 4.
Using hydraulic pumps, the oil is being moved from the bow of the ship into eight 22,000-gallon tanks placed on dunes. To date, 10,000 gallons of oil and 100,000 gallons of seawater have been removed. Once the pumping is complete, the team will tow the bow section out to sea to sink. The towline used to pull the bow out to sea was scheduled to arrive yesterday.
Beaches from Horsefall Beach northward have been reopened to the public, though beaches south of Horsefall Beach remained closed. Federal, state and local officials conducted a community information forum for area residents yesterday at the North Bend Community Center.
Fish and Wildlife Department personnel continue to search the beaches for dead or injured wildlife. As of Feb. 21, there have been 75 birds killed as a result of the spill.