January 29, 2020
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Hazmat crew cleans up diesel spill on Maine coast

Evan Houk | Lincoln County News
Evan Houk | Lincoln County News
Bristol firefighters deploy a boom on the west side of The Gut in South Bristol to prevent the spread of a diesel spill on Tuesday evening.

Local firefighters deployed booms and pads to contain an apparent diesel spill in the water near the South Bristol drawbridge on Tuesday evening.

The response to the spill temporarily closed the bridge to boat traffic, preventing passage through The Gut, the narrow channel between the mainland and Rutherford Island.

Lincoln County Communications dispatched the South Bristol Fire Department to Route 129, near the Bridge House Bed & Breakfast building, at 5:09 p.m.

The Bristol Fire Department, the Lincoln County Hazmat Decon Strike Team and the Newcastle Fire Department were dispatched later.

The Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service and South Bristol First Responders were dispatched for a report of a woman overcome by fumes from the spill. She was checked out in an ambulance and quickly released.

Firefighters attempted to soak up the fuel with absorbent pads, then set up a boom around the area to contain it and keep it from spreading with the current.

According to South Bristol Fire Chief Mark Carrothers, the source and amount of the leak is unknown and is under investigation.

This story appears through a media partnership with The Lincoln County News.


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