Coast Guard responds to sunken tug on Bainbridge Island

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and Bainbridge Island Fire Department are responding to pollution caused by a tug vessel that sank at its slip in Eagle Harbor Marina on Bainbridge Island, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and hired Global Diving and Salvage to conduct clean-up and salvage.

Bainbridge Island Fire Department arrived first on scene with a Dept. of Ecology spill trailer. Firefighters, with the help of marina workers, deployed approximately 400 feet of boom around a sheen coming from the 70-foot tug vessel Chickamauga. Absorbent pads were placed inside the boom to help soak up the diesel and lube oil mixture.

The amount of fuel on the vessel is not known.

The tug’s owner has reportedly been out of touch with the marina, failing to pay rent since March of this year.

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