Kayaker Reports Alviso Fuel Spill

Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 12:19 PM PDT
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Kayaker Reports Alviso Fuel Spill

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The Coast Guard got the fuel report from a person doing a little morning exercise Thursday.

    The San Jose Fire Department's hazardous materials team is at the  scene of an overturned barge that has leaked fuel into the water at the  Alviso Marina, a fire captain said.

 Low tide occurred at about 7 a.m. Thursday and tipped the barge over,  causing it to start leaking, Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

  A kayaker reported the leak to the U.S. Coast Guard, which  notified San Jose fire, she said.

  The hazardous materials team placed absorbent pads in the water to  soak up the spill, but the Coast Guard was still working this morning to  figure out how to right the boat, Gutierrez said.

  It was not clear how much fuel had leaked into the water. 

  The leak was mostly contained, though, Gutierrez said late this  morning.

  The hazardous materials team was still responding to the spill as  of about 11:30 a.m., along with the Coast Guard and the state Department of  Fish and Game.

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