The U.S. Coast Guard oversees diesel spill cleanup on the Florida Keys after a 100-foot ship was burned on the waterline

The cause of the fire is being investigated

The Coast Guard is currently overseeing diesel spill cleanups after the 100-foot ship La Dolce Vita caught fire near Marquesas on Tuesday. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

(US COAST GUARD) – The Coast Guard is currently overseeing diesel spill cleanup after the 100-foot La Dolce Vita ship caught fire near Marquesas on Tuesday.

The ship’s captain radioed Coast Guard observers in the Key West sector, who reported the fire on Cape. 16. All six people on board were safely evacuated in the ship’s small boat and brought ashore by a rescue team from Key West Station.

The fire allegedly started on the starboard generator.

The owner of the ship takes responsibility for containing and eliminating the resulting diesel pollution. A commercial rescue team started a boom on Wednesday to contain a visible glare of light.

The La Dolce Vita reportedly had a maximum diesel capacity of nearly 4,500 gallons, but it is unknown how much of the product was discharged. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

The La Dolce Vita reportedly had a maximum diesel capacity of nearly 4,500 gallons, but it is unknown how much of the product was discharged.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

“Right now, the main concern for the Coast Guard is the environmental threat,” said Chief Petty Officer Thomas Goggans, chief of incident management for the Key West Coast Guard.

“The location of the fuel spill is in a National Marine Sanctuary and a US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge.”

“The location of the fuel spill is in a National Marine Sanctuary and a US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge.” (U.S. Coast Guard image)

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