Coast Guard responds to Sarasota fuel spill

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Coast Guard is responding to a fuel spill at Hudson Bayou in Sarasota, Friday.

Watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg, in St. Petersburg, Fla., received a National Response Center notification that an estimated 600 – 800 gallon fuel spill had been reported in the Hudson Bayou, which leads into Sarasota Bay at approximately 9 a.m., Friday. The spill is being attributed to equipment failure involving a Sarasota Hospital emergency generator, owned by Marcus Partners Inc.

In response, a Sector St. Petersburg pollution response officer, a Coast Guard Station Cortez, Fla., boatcrew, and Coast Guard Auxiliarist personnel have been dispatched to the vicinity of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Hudson Bayou, to join the Sarasota Fire Department and Progressive Environmental Services, a pollution response company contracted by Marcus Partners Inc., in coordinating the cleanup response. In addition, Southern Waste Services has been contracted for further cleanups and purging fuel from the storm drains.

Crews have laid absorbent boom and are conducting assessments of the Hudson Bayou to ensure the spill response efforts and clean-up strategies are effective.

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