Coast Guard Responding to Multiple Pollution Incidents

USCG file photo

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard personnel are responding to multiple pollution cases as heavy rains continue to fall on the California coast.

The rain has caused oil collection points on a facility located alongside the Dominguez Channel in Wilmington to overflow after a small pipeline rupture was reported. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach pollution response personnel, the Environmental Protection Agency, and state responders are on-scene coordinating and overseeing the clean-up efforts.

Near the upper portion of San Pedro Bay, two barges, one 80 feet and the other 150 feet long, broke free from their moorings overnight and were coming close to colliding with a railroad bridge. Coast Guard Station Los Angeles – Long Beach dispatched a 25-foot small boat to ensure safety while vessels from the Long Beach Harbor Patrol and Long Beach Fire Department towed the barges to a safe location.

A dockmaster in Cabrillo Marina contacted the Coast Guard at about 7:30 a.m., to report a swamped boat creating a light oil sheen at the dock. The vessel had been flooded by the heavy rains and was floating just over the waterline. Sector LA-LB pollution responders were sent to begin assessing the boat’s condition and coordinate clean-up.

This swamping is just one of five similar cases that have occurred over the past 24 hours, bringing the week’s total to nearly a dozen for Southern California.

As the California coast continues to see heavy rainfall, the Coast Guard reminds boaters to keep a watchful eye on their vessels. This inclement weather can cause boats to break loose of their moorings or become swamped from the rain, causing fuel and oils to spill into the water.

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