Local firefighters deployed booms and pads to contain an apparent diesel spill in the water near the South Bristol drawbridge the evening of Tuesday, July 16.
The response to the spill temporarily closed the bridge to boat traffic, preventing passage through The Gut, the narrow channel between the mainland and Rutherford Island.
Lincoln County Communications dispatched the South Bristol Fire Department to 2118 State Route 129, a residence known as the Bridge House, at 5:09 p.m.
The Bristol Fire Department, the Lincoln County Hazmat Decon Strike Team, and the Newcastle Fire Department were dispatched later.
The Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service and South Bristol First Responders were dispatched for a report of a woman overcome by fumes from the spill. She was checked out in an ambulance and quickly released.
Firefighters attempted to soak up the fuel with absorbent pads, then set up a boom around the area to contain it and keep it from spreading with the current.
According to South Bristol Fire Chief Mark Carrothers, the source and amount of the leak is unknown and is under investigation.
U.S. Coast Guard hazmat crews were expected to arrive at 8:30 p.m. to assess the scene. During this time, The Gut remained closed to all boat traffic.