A substance has spilled in English Bay and is now washing onto the shoreline.
The public is being advised to avoid the English Bay shore and water including Sunset, Second, Third, and English Bay beaches. Boaters and watercraft operators are being encouraged to stay away from the area.
If the substance gets on you or your clothing, shower with soap and water and launder any contaminated clothing before wearing it again. People with health concerns or questions can call the Health Protection general number at 604-675-3800.
Many organizations are working to minimize the damage caused by the spill, including the City of Vancouver, Port Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Canadian Coast Guard and the West Coast Marine Rescue Centre.
There is a health risk to individuals who come into contact with the oil from the spill yesterday in English Bay.
Signs have been posted at the affected beaches advising individuals in Vancouver and West Vancouver to avoid contaminated water, sand or soil.
Trained professionals in environmental cleanup of oil spills will be involved in conducting an assessment of the contamination and cleaning of the shoreline.
We appreciate that members of the public want to help but we ask that they do not engage on their own in cleaning activities as this may put their health at risk, and cause more damage to the ecosystem or interfere with the environmental impact assessment process.
The City of Vancouver has set up a call centre number for people who are interested in participating in the clean-up at a future date, if needed: 604-873-7000