Bainbridge beaches spared diesel contamination

The diesel spill late Tuesday night off Yeomalt Point did not reach the shore, according to the state Department of Ecology.

Coast Guard, King County and DOE crews contained much of the diesel shortly after a tug spilled it.

“It’s a minor spill,” said a DOE spokesman in Chris Dunagan’s story. “Conditions were such that the tug crew was able to report it and responders were able to launch a speedy response. Diesel fuel is considered moderately toxic, and any release of oil is considered harmful to the environment.”