A day after the Coast Guards rescue and recovery mission to assist stranded tourists stranded on the coast of California, officials say there are no signs of any water pollution and there’s no evidence of an environmental threat to the region’s coastal communities.
The Coast Guard said on Tuesday that there was no indication of a serious water contamination problem in the region, where tourists, many from around the world, have been stranded since the weekend.
A crew of 11 aircraft, including two helicopters, arrived Monday morning to conduct a controlled landing on the California coast, according to the Coastguard.
Officials say the Coast Service is coordinating with the state and local governments to determine if any environmental or health issues exist.
Earlier on Tuesday, the state’s Department of Health said it was aware of no reported issues, and that the state is not planning any water restrictions on the coastline.
In an email, spokesman Steve Johnson said: “We are aware of a reported health issue in the Bay Area that was reported by a local hospital and will be working with the health department and the California Department of Public Health to determine the source of this health issue.”
Officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management also have been dispatched to the area, according a Coast Guard statement.
While there has been no reported spill, there have been numerous warnings and precautionary measures put in place, including sealing off roads and bridges, installing evacuation notices, and removing wildlife from the area.
Coast Guard officials have not yet released any information about the health effects of the situation.
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, meanwhile, is on alert.
Its spokesperson said the agency is working to identify and respond to any potential threats to the wildlife in the area and will take appropriate steps to protect wildlife and the environment.
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