- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says oil found in the water at the Lady’s Island Marina in Beaufort is similar to the type of oil that recently leaked from Beaufort Memorial Hospital into the Beaufort River.

Chief Warrant Officer Dan Ferrell tells The Island Packet of Hilton Head (https://bit.ly/1sRKx7B) that the oil that stained the hulls of boats and blackened the reeds on Factory Creek’s banks has similar characteristics to the hospital’s Sunday spill, but authorities are currently investigating them as separate incidents.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Lehman says a sample from the marina will be studied in order to help determine the source of the spill.

Ferrell says the Coast Guard hasn’t received reports of wildlife being affected by the 25 to 50 gallons of oil found in the marina.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com


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