Coast Guard Responds to Fuel Spill Near Government Cut

Miami Coast Guard crewmembers responded to a fuel spill from a vessel near Government Cut Tuesday night, officials said

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 11:04 AM EDT
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Miami Coast Guard crewmembers responded to a fuel spill from a vessel near Government Cut Tuesday night, officials said.

The vessel Neptune, a 95-foot tug, reported that a fuel tank holding about 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel leaked about 2,000 gallons into the water after crewmembers discovered a leak caused by a rupture in the tank, Coast Guard officials said.

The initial report was that 100 gallons had leaked, but further investigation revealed about 2,000 gallons had leaked, officials said.

Sorbent boom, equipment used to contain the spill, was deployed and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to assist the Coast Guard.

Shoreline cleanup assessment teams were deployed to areas that may be impacted by the spill to minimize pollution and begin cleanup efforts if necessary.

The Neptune was safely moored at Dodge Island and no more fuel is leaking, officials said.

No one was reported injured. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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