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July 22, 2012
Boat collision in Lake Huron leads to mild oil spill, beach closures
Mild oil spill on Lake Huron: On Thursday, a tug boat and a dredge barge sank into Lake Huron. While trying to salvage the remains of the boats, authorities suspect that a pocket of oil escaped. The tug boat was recovered, but the barge is still in the lake. There’s now an uncontained oil sheen on the lake about 500 yards from the site. Due to understandable concerns, the St. Clair County Health Department closed four of the beaches near the site. source
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Mild oil spill on Lake Huron: On Thursday, a tug boat and a dredge barge sank into Lake Huron. While trying to salvage the remains of the boats, authorities suspect that a pocket of oil escaped. The tug boat was recovered, but the barge is still in the lake. There’s now an uncontained oil sheen on the lake about 500 yards from the site. Due to understandable concerns, the St. Clair County Health Department closed four of the beaches near the site. source

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16:57 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2011

Louisiana may have an oil spill off its coast; pending investigation

Coast guard investigating alleged oil spill: Stress the “alleged,” as a Coast Guard spokesman has said it’s “too early” to make a definitive judgment. That said, a fisherman reported what he thought to be an oil spill “several miles long” off the Louisiana coast near Venice, and the Coast Guard has deployed to ascertain whether the offending substance is indeed oil, and if so where it may have come from. For obvious reasons, oil turning up off the Louisiana coast reminds us of bad, bad things. We hope like crazy this turns out okay. source

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18:50 // 3 years ago
June 1, 2011

Budget cuts make fire department helpless in man’s drowning

  • ugh On Memorial Day, a man drowned himself in the waters off Alameda. The fire department wasn’t certified for water rescues, and the coast guard couldn’t retrieve him via boat, as it was too shallow. Waiting for a helicopter, the F.D. and coast guard watched the man drown.
  • fix? Seeking to remedy the situation that lets a man drown in full view of rescue teams, the Alameda Fire Department has changed their policy for land based water rescues — the program they’d had for those certifications ended in 2009 due to budget cuts. source
15:56 // 3 years ago
November 10, 2010

Our kinda party: A stuck cruise ship, two tugboats and some spam

  • 4,500 number of people stuck on a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of Mexico  after the engines were damaged in a fire
  • two number of tugboats pulling the damaged cruise ship to shore (at a somewhat speedy four miles an hour)
  • 100’s number of cans of Spam passengers of the ship now have after the Coast Guard dropped off some supplies source
9:31 // 3 years ago