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Diesel fuel spilled from yacht club pump into Onset Bay

Cleanup workers rushed to contain about 250 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into Onset Bay from a leak that was discovered Friday night at Point Independence Yacht Club, said officials from the Onset Fire Department.

Fire officials arrived to the yacht club at 9:13 p.m. and determined that a line to one of the supply pumps near the end of the docks had been leaking fuel, the department said in a prepared statement.

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was notified of the spill, and Onset Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey R. Osswald began organizing the fuel containment.

Joe Ferson, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection, said an absorbent containment boom was used for the cleanup.

“[The boom] circles around it to collect the oil and shepherd it into place,” said Ferson. “Then they vacuum it up.”

The containment and cleaning process took about five hours and stretched into Saturday morning, according to the Onset Fire Department. About 40 people assisted in the cleanup, including personnel from the Wareham harbor master’s office and the Marion Fire Department.

Representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Coast Guard were also present.

“The firefighters performed a lot of the work themselves,” said Ferson.

Most of the fuel had been cleaned up by about 1 a.m., but crews continued on the job throughout the afternoon, he said.

Ferson said the ruptured line is no longer leaking continuously and most of the fuel was confined to the area near the yacht club.

A spokesman for the yacht club could not be reached for comment Saturday evening. It is licensed to pump marine fuel, said Onset fire officials.

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson
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