Saturday, August 28, 2010
HAZ MAT TEAM!!!
Well today was really exciting, but we will get to that after a couple of words about our sailing around NYC harbor. Including pictures of some of the commercial boats that take people out to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty plus a close up shot of Lady Liberty herself. We can not sail behind her as the water is only 3 feet deep, and also there is a security zone.
So this morning about 7:30 am the Jersey City Fire Department, NJ HazMat team arrived on our dock. You can see how many people were here along with a lot of equipment. Joy woke me up and said, you have got to see this.
Turns out a guy about 8 boats down the marina put his water hose into his GAS
tank and turned it on and went to do something else. The gasoline overflowed into the channel and we had a minor spill on the water. It is hard to believe that this could happen but there is not lack of stupidity sometimes early in the morning. Our tanks are clearly marked and to put in fuel you have to pull up the floor in the cockpit. They came out with their booms and wipe sheets to pull the gasoline off the water. They have left by now.
Later the NJ State Police showed up, so it is up in the air as to whether this person is in trouble. I know that on our boat policy we have oil spill liability coverage.
Tomorrow we are taking Jill, Matt, and a bunch of their friends out for a Sunday afternoon sail and possible swim. We found a spot after talking to a guy on the dock who is in the music business. He has a recording studio in Manhattan. It is about twelve miles from here and should take about 2 hours to get there.
We have been here two days and today is the first day we will be going over to Manhattan. Think we are going to the Museum of Modern Art.