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Sept. 4 Update Aleutian Isle: Wreck cleared of entanglements; rigging begun

Status report from Sunday, September 4, 2022 -- 3:00 p.m. - Dive crews finished cutting away free-floating netting from the vessel and securing all remaining entanglment hazards. With the assistance of an ROV, they were also able to begin operations necessary to attach the rigging that will be used to lift the vessel.

Global's Dive Master, Jim Hegeman, monitors equipment in the mixed gas dive control van aboard the Manson Barge during ROV dive operations off San Juan Island, Wa., on Sept. 13, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Todd Hurley

Netting recovered from wreck of Aleutian Isle

Boats continue to violate the 1,000-yard Safety Zone established around the wreck site. The Unified Command urges the public to observe the Safety Zone for the safety of divers and response crews during recovery operations. Officials can seek a maximum civil penalty of over $94,000 per day for violating the Safety Zone. Coast Guard crews can be contacted directly on VHF marine-band radio channel 16.

Air monitoring continues with no elevated levels of concern. Whale deterrence teams are on standby. The Temporary Flight Restriction around the Aleutian Isle wreck site remains in place.

An incident-specific web page has been created by the Washington Department of Ecology. Additional photos of the response can be found on Flickr. Developing updates will also be posted periodically on the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest social media accounts listed below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USCGPNW

Twitter: https://twitter.com/USCGPacificNW

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uscgpacificnw/

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