SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Two Navy sailors were taken to the hospital following a chemical spill aboard a ship docked in Barrio Logan, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
At around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, emergency crews and a hazardous materials team were dispatched to the 2200 block of Belt Street due to a chemical spill that was reported aboard the USS Mustin at the BAE Systems shipyard.
The vessel was in dry dock undergoing repairs and upgrades, SDFD officials said.
SDFD officials said a condenser being replaced on the ship was opened and inadvertently emitted a vapor later identified as hydrogen sulfide.
The ship was evacuated due to the response from a hazmat team and medical personnel.
Officials with Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, two Sailors aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89) were injured during a gas leak. Rescue units responded and transported the injured Sailors for evaluation and treatment. The incident occurred in the BAE Systems San Diego shipyard where Mustin is going through scheduled maintenance. The source of the leak was found and isolated, and both spaces were found to be safe for entry. The incident remains under investigation.”