Guilty plea to San Francisco oil spill charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The pilot of a cargo ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in November 2007 pleaded guilty on Friday to two criminal charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

John Cota gave the helm commands that caused the Cosco Busan to hit a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog. The collision caused an oil spill that killed at least 2,000 birds and required a significant clean-up effort.

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