Little Squalicum Beach temporarily closed

Crews cleaning up debris, diesel fuel from overturned fishing boat

March 10, 2016 - by Liz Coogan, Bellingham Parks and Recreation

Little Squalicum Beach is temporarily closed while crews clean up debris and diesel fuel from a commercial fishing boat that broke apart on a nearby seawall during an overnight windstorm.

Three fishermen were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard early Thursday, March 10 after their 57-foot wooden fishing vessel Bergen broke free from its moorage.

The fishing vessel had about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel on board, some of which has now reached the shoreline at Little Squalicum Beach.  The Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard are overseeing cleanup efforts.  People and pets are advised to stay out of the water and avoid the area until cleanup action can be completed.  It is unknown at this time when the beach will be reopened.

Little Squalicum Beach is located northeast of 2929 Roeder Avenue.

Media interested in cleanup efforts should contact Krista Kenner, Ecology Communications Manager, at 360-715-5205.

Media Contact

​Krista Kenner
Department of Ecology

Liz Coogan
Bellingham Parks and Recreation

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