July 11, 2006
USCG evacuates a cutter
The Coast Guard evacuated one of its San Pedro. Calif., based cutters this morning due to a hydrogen sulfide leak onboard the ship.
The Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, a 175-foot buoy tender, was conducting a fire drill when an open valve allowed the ship's fire system to pressurize a sewage tank.
The tank, which was under repair from a previous hydrogen sulfide leak, leaked under the pressure, resulting in the ship's having to be evacuated.
Three crew members were overcome by the dangerous gas.
They were taken to hospital in San Pedro and later released.
The ship's crew and the Los Angeles County Fire Department have now ventilated the ship and secured the leak.
The crew is currently conducting further repairs.