Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology crews responded to a 41-foot vessel that sank at the Westport Marina, Friday.
Coast Guard Incident Management Division personnel, from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, are monitoring salvage and clean up efforts as Ballard Marine Construction response contractors start to remove fuel from the vessel Saturday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard 13th District Command Center in Seattle received a notification at 12:52 a.m., Friday, from the emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard the vessel Charlotte.
A crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor investigated the location of the beacon and found the sunken vessel, while watchstanders were able to contact the vessel owner and confirm they were safe elsewhere.
Ecology personnel responded, deploying boom around the vessel to contain and minimize the impact of possible pollutants.
After the owner was unable to secure response contractors with the required “hazwopper training,” Ballard Marine Construction personnel were contracted using funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
The vessel has a maximum capacity of 300 gallons of diesel, however, the owner reported there was about 75 gallons aboard. A light residual sheen has been reported in the vicinity of the vessel.