Pensacola Pass closed to boat traffic

  • Workers pull the boom out to a waiting boat that takes it across Pensacola Pass Friday, June 11. State of Florida and Escambia Couty officials announced the closing of the pass to vessel traffic during high tide after an oil plume was reported several miles from the pass. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A boat pulls the boom out across the Pensacola Pass Friday, June 11. State of Florida and Escambia Couty officials announced the closing of the pass to vessel traffic during high tide after an oil plume was reported several miles from the pass. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Workers move booms down the beach for boats to pull out across Pensacola Pass Friday, June 11. State of Florida and Escambia Couty officials announced the closing of the pass to vessel traffic during high tide after an oil plume was reported several miles from the pass. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Great Blue Heron stands watch as oil booms are carried across the beach at Fort Pickens by workers. The workers were putting the booms across Pensacola Pass and closing it off to vessels during high tide due to an oil plume discovered just a few miles away. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A pair of dolphin swim in between workers and boats pulling booms across Pensacola Pass late early Friday evening. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Workers carry oil booms across the beach at Fort Pickens in preparation for closing off Pensacola Pass with them. Oil was discovered just a few miles away from the area and vessels will be restricted from entering Pensacola Pass during high tide. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • People fish in the waters of the Pensacola Pass as booms are about to be put out Friday, June 11. State of Florida and Escambia Couty officials announced the closing of the pass to vessel traffic during high tide after an oil plume was reported several miles from the pass. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Workers pull booms to be placed across Pensacola Pass Friday, June 11. State of Florida and Escambia Couty officials announced the closing of the pass to vessel traffic during high tide after an oil plume was reported several miles from the pass. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Boats put out booms in Pensacola Pass as the pass was closed off at high tide due to an oil plume spotted just a few miles away. The pass will be opened during low tide and closed at high tide. The Pensacola Lighthouse is in the background. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The sun sets as boats put booms across Pensacola Pass Friday night after an oil plume was spotted just a few mile away. The pass will be closed to vessels during high tide and reopened during low tide. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF