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Sept 9 Update: Rigging Aleutian Isle for lift will take a few more days

Status updates: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 -- 5 p.m.

Photo taken September 6 at low slack tide. (about 9:15 am) The crane is in position and lowering the dive bell at this time. When operating, the crane is swung 180 degrees from static position so the barge can act as a counter balance. The men on the deck give the crane some scale.  The divers have a half hour of bottom time and four and a half hours in the decompression chamber afterwards according to Coast Guard personnel on the scene. The Coast Guard Cutter continues to enforce the 1000 yard clear zone. Photo by Brad Pillow

Dive crews continue to prepare the vessel for lift to the surface. Rigging up the vessel will take several more days primarily due to current on site environmental conditions which complicate or delay planned dives.

Divers suiting up. Coast Guard photos

As operations continue on site, responders have seen some light sheening that is too small to recover and dissipates quickly. There have been no impacts to whales or other wildlife. Community air monitoring continues to show no levels above background.

A safety zone remains in place around the worksite. Boaters need to give responders as much room as possible, and stay out of the area for the safety of divers, and other crew working the incident.

A deployed boom off Roche Harbor. Coast Guard photos

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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