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Sewage spill prompts closure of Inner Cabrillo Beach

July 19, 2011 |  6:57 pm

A sewage spill Tuesday afternoon has forced the closure of Inner Cabrillo Beach along San Pedro Bay, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The closure will remain in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday, according a department statement.

“We are asking people to avoid entering or swimming in the ocean in the area immediately surrounding the swim area at Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro Bay,” Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's public health chief, said in a statement. “Once we determine bacteria levels in the water have returned to normal, we will remove the beach advisory.”

The Los Angeles Port Police notified the department of the spill from a broken sewer line. The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation is repairing the line.


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Photo: A seagull dines on a fish at Inner Cabrillo Beach. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times