Cosco Busan pilot suing the Coast Guard

The Cosco Busan pilot and crew struggled in the fog moments before the crash. (AP)

February 11, 2013 10:29:17 AM PST
The ship pilot blamed for causing the worst oil spill in San Francisco Bay in two decades is now suing the Coast Guard to get his license back.

The Mercury News reports Captain John Cota has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was not allowed to renew his license.

The state board of pilot commissioners found Cota at fault for crashing the cargo ship Cosco Busan into a tower of the Bay Bridge in 2007. About 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel spilled into the Bay.