9:35 AM PDT, October 5, 2021
About 126,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean off the coast of Huntington Beach, California.
Officials say on October 2, oil began leaking from an underwater pipeline about four-and-a-half miles offshore.
“We are in the midst of a potential ecological disaster,” Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said.
Even so, the 3,000 barrels of sludge couldn’t keep some surfers away, as they were spotted catching waves in Surf City, USA.
Lifeguards are reportedly telling surfers to get out of the water. In addition, warning signs have been posted on the roads towards the beach to alert visitors that the area is closed.