Coast Guard works to clean fuel spill in Miami’s Government Cut

 

mrvasquez@MiamiHerald.com

Miami-area Coast Guard crewmembers were working to clean up a minor fuel spill in the area of Government Cut, the Coast Guard announced Tuesday evening.

About 100 gallons of fuel from a tugboat leaked into the water, the Coast Guard said. The agency was alerted to the spill by the tugboat’s crew, which detected a rupture in the tank.

The tugboat, named Neptune, is about 95 feet long and holds roughly 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel, the Coast Guard said.

An aircrew from the Miami air station were deployed to assist in the cleanup, along with a crew from the Coast Guard’s Miami Beach station. Sorbent boom, an absorbent floating barrier, is being used to contain the spill.

Representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were also at the scene.

There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the spill is under investigation.

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