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Coast Guard plans to remove entire FV Aleutian Isle from ocean floor

Video of Council meeting with Unified Command available to view

Status updates posted on August 19 by the Unified Command responding to the sinking of the Aleutian Isle off of Sunset Point, San Juan Island. The vessel carried 2,600 gallons of fuel. 

Friday August 19, 2022 -- 8:00 p.m.

Unified Command is moving ahead to remove the entire vessel from the seafloor and have it placed on a barge where the contaminants can be safely removed. This will ensure the removal of as much pollutants and contamination as possible, and completely remove the threat to the environment.

Dive operations are on pause in order to procure specialized equipment for a dive this deep. It will take a few days to get this equipment, and once it arrives, dive operations will begin again.

For the latest details, read our Update #6.

Friday, August 19, 2022 -- 2:00 p.m.

Members of the Unified Command met with the San Juan County council today to discuss the Aleutian Isle sinking. The meeting was live-streamed and recorded, and can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3Te2VFg. The briefing included a discussion on the difficult nature of accessing the wreck, the preferred pollution containment and recovery plan, and Southern Resident Killer Whales/Marine mammal management plans.


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