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Cleanup crews busy at Port of Long Beach after vessel's oil spill

November 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

Cleanup crews were working at the Port of Long Beach on Monday after a vessel’s tanks overflowed during fueling and spilled oil into the water, Coast Guard officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the spill shortly after 12 a.m., sending a pollution investigator to the scene, said Petty Officer Matt Schofield, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard.

A cleanup company placed a protective boom around the vessel and spill. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to fly over and assess the spread of the oil,  said Schofield, who added that the amount of oil spilled was unknown.

-- Stephen Ceasar