Fishing Vessel Privateer to Remain Beached into May

A shipwreck in Ocean Shores will stay on the beach for a couple of weeks thanks to the tides. The Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard continue to monitor the situation just North of the North Jetty in Ocean Shores where the F/V Privateer remains grounded.

Photo by Skipp Radcliffe, from April 15th.
Photo by Skipp Radcliffe, from April 15th.

The ship is close to shore and has broken up considerably since it took on water and sank April 15th. Due to safety concerns, the department said that de-fueling or salvaging efforts will be delayed until early May (6, 7, or 8) when tidal conditions are more favorable.

April 27th Photo of the Vessel grounded in the same area.
April 27th Photo of the Vessel grounded in the same area.

There were concerns that a reported 3,000 gallons of petroleum products were aboard when the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people from the vessel, but Monday’s update said that since last week the diesel odor has lessened as well as the amount of boat debris being washed ashore.

 

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