Coast Guard responds to fuel spill

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MIAMI — Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a report of a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut, Fla., Tuesday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from the motor vessel Neptune that a fuel tank holding approximately 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel has leaked approximately 2,000 gallons into the water. The leak was discovered by the crewmembers aboard the 95-foot tug after detecting the rupture in the tank.

Sorbent boom was deployed to contain the spilled fuel.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami is on scene alongside a crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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2 Comments

  1. mike says:

    Was the hull of the tug ruptured? If not they must of been pumping the bilge dry & weren’t paying attention. I’ll bet it was an outgoing tide.

  2. jared bistrong says:

    Why are we not hearing anything about this? Is it safe to swim in the water? Who is responsible for this? What is the punishment? More importantly why aren’t we being warned. . .the entire beach in the south pointe area smells of gasoline; certainly it can’t be safe to swim in. . .this is an absolute crying shame! Please advise.

    Thank you!

    Very concerned Miami Beach native!