Tugboat suffers damage after mishap on Snake River

SEATTLE – An 87-foot tugboat suffered damage to its propellers and hull during an incident on the Snake River near Ice Harbor Wash., today.

The incident occurred about 8:40 a.m. while the tug Deschutes was pushing three barges.

One of the vessel’s fuel tanks was damaged, but does not appear to be leaking. The damaged tank has a capacity of 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

A light sheen of lubricating oil was observed on the water, but has not caused any harm to wildlife or the shoreline.

Under the Northwest Contingency Plan, this region is within the response jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Wash. State Dept. of Ecology. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding in support of the lead agencies.

The Shaver Transportation Company, the owner of tug Deschutes has developed a salvage plan and has moored the vessel at the Port of Burbank, Wash.

Boom has been placed around the vessel to contain any fuel that may leak from the tank.

The vessel will be subject to a detailed inspection by the Coast Guard.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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