100 gallons of oil released into Halifax River

Coast Guard works to remove oily water from river


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Jacksonville Coast Guard responded Wednesday to a tugboat leaking oil on the Halifax River in Ormond By the Sea, officials said.

Officials said a resident notified them around 3:45 p.m. that the tugboat Tutahaca was leaking oil. The sheen was "about a football field in length," according to the incident report.

Coast Guard pollution responders arrived around 6:20 p.m. and worked to identify and secure the source of the leak, the Coast Guard said. The Oil Spill Removal Organization was activated to help with cleanup efforts. 

No one was injured in the incident, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said.

The area was been boomed and cleaned up, officials said. The cause of the spill is unknown.

The Coast Guard is working to remove oily bilge water from the vessel to prevent further environmental threat, the FDEM said.

No other details were available about the environmental impact of the spill.

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