Coast Guard, partner agencies prepare for pollution removal of capsized vessel near Bethel Island

Coast Guard members, California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response officers and Global Diving and Salvage, Inc. personnel evaluate the Spirit of Sacramento's condition and conduct a shoreline assessment Sept. 8, 2016, near Bethel Island, Calif. The 87-foot vessel was reported to be taking on water Sept. 4, 2016, and sank; the teams are working together to develop environmental protection plans for the vessel, which include conducting surveys of the surrounding water and shoreline. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton.SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Army Corps of Engineers, and other partner agencies are preparing Tuesday to remove a capsized vessel near Bethel Island.

The operations for the Spirit of Sacramento are scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon with an approximate duration of 24 hours. The salvage operation would involve rotating the vessel via a crane mounted atop a barge and raising the vessel for dewatering.

Once the Spirit of Sacramento has been dewatered, it is scheduled to be towed an Army Corps of Engineers facility in Sausalito where oil and fuel are scheduled to be removed.

Before operations begin, approximately 3,000 feet of oil containment boom is to be placed in the water surrounding the vessel so that in the event of oil or fuel entering the water during operations, it could be contained and retrieved by crews standing by with skimming equipment. Boom will also be placed in predetermined areas to protect wildlife and sensitive areas.

The waterway surrounding the Spirit of Sacramento is scheduled to be closed beginning Wednesday morning and end once operations have concluded. For more information on the public notice establishing the waterway closure, click here.

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