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Update: Hundreds of Gallons of Diesel Spill into Marina

Spill should be cleaned up by tonight.

May 3, 11:15 a.m.

Crews are on scene at Basin A, and the spill is expected to be cleaned up in a few hours, according to a spokesperson at Patriot Environmental Services, a spill response company that the yacht owner contacted Wednesday.

"The fitting on the fuel tank of the boat failed, and the diesel leaked into the bilge," said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Adam Eggers.

The bilge is the lowest point in a boat and where excess liquid will collect, including gas. It will overflow when the bilge is overcapacity.

"The diesel should evaporate in a couple of hours of sun," Eggers said.

The yacht's tank had a 500-gallon capacity, and the Coast Guard estimates about 250 gallons spilled into the Marina.

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May 2, 7:20 p.m.

As much as 250 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Basin A near the 14000 block of Tahiti Way Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The accident occurred at 5:37 p.m. when a yacht being sold for $750,000 was being filled with fuel.

County hazardous materials workers and the U.S. Coast Guard mopped up the spill.

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drg May 03, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Odd - where they were booming off and putting spill cloths down was not at the fuel dock (it's another dock down) and the only place to get fuel is at that dock. Thus I'm not sure "was being filled with fuel" may be accurate. That spill wasn't caused by a "jerry" can of fuel nor would you use one on a yacht of that size. Will find out some more info tomorrow My boat is in A basin...
drg May 03, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Also, after reading the sub-headline of "Fuel pump failure caused spill" - it is most likely the fuel pump that is part of the engine system of the boat... not the literal fuel pump at the fuel dock...
LeeAundra Keany May 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I don't think "County hazardous materials workers and the U.S. Coast Guard mopped up the spill." is quite accurate. They may have done a bit but it still looks likes there's a lot of oil in the water and and it smells awful.
drg May 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Here are some better details from the US Coast Guard: http://www.losangeles.uscgnews.com/go/doc/834/1421519/
DRL May 04, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Do you think asking the fuel dock if they had a spill before you accuse them is a better way to accurately report legitimate news?
graciela huth May 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
FIRST THE DREDGING OF THE CHANEL TO ALLOW THE ACCESS TO LARGER YACHTS TO MARINA DEL REY. NOW THE DIESEL SPILL DUE TO A FAULTY PART IN ONE OF THESE LARGER YACHTS. LET THE BIG BOATS GO WHERE THEY BELONG, IE. SAN PEDRO. WE DO NOT NEED THEIR POLLUTION IN OUR BEAUTIFUL MARINA.

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