Coast Guard Warns of Tar Balls, Oil Sheen Off Rockaways

Capt. Jason Tama, commander Sector New York and the Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey, assesses the clean up operations of an oil spill in the Arthur Kill waterway in Staten Island, March 29, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Nicholette Vaughan)

The Coast Guard is warning people in the waters off the Rockaways to stay away from any tar balls or oil sheens they might see and is investigating to see if they’re related to an oil leak from a vessel a few days ago.

The agency says reports came in Saturday for the waters off Coney Island and Long Island, from Norton Point to Atlantic Beach.

The Coast Guard says a vessel, the Dublin Express, had a 15-inch hole in one of its tanks on Thursday and was in the Arthur Kill waterway between Staten Island and New Jersey.

An investigation i

s still ongoing to find the cause of that leak and determine how much oil spilled.