itCG – oil fire rages in Puerto Rico, mysterious oil spill in SC, rescues off NJ and Delaware

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Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus enforces a safety zone following a fuel-tank-farm explosion near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cause of the explosion at the tank farm is under investigation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad.) Click on the image for more photos of the Guardian response.
CGC Matinicus enforces a safety zone following a fuel-tank-farm explosion near San Juan, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad.) Click on the image for more photos of the Guardian response.
  • Guardians are on the scene of a fuel tank farm explosion near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard has deployed multiple assets to provide a safety and security zone as the fire is brought under control. While no major injuries have been reported, the fire is expected to burn for several days. Click here to watch Coast Guard Channel video of the fire.
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  • Guardians are continuing to respond to and investigate the cause of an oil spill in Charleston Harbor, S.C. While the source of the spill remains under investigation, its impact is being felt by local beach goers and fisherman who have been advised to avoid the water until the clean-up is completed.
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  • Guardians were joined by a good Samaritan in the rescue of four fisherman off the coast of New Jersey. A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and a small boat from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. were dispatched to answer the distress call of an 80-foot clamming vessel taking on water 32 miles offshore. The good Samaritan diverted to assist after hearing a Marine Safety Information Broadcast issued by the Coast Guard.
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  • Guardians from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia have rescued two mariners and their sinking vessel on the Delaware River near Delaware City. Guardians arrived on scene to find the 33-foot boat taking on water and without communications after striking a submerged object and towed the boat and its crew to safety.
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