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More than 1K gallons of diesel removed from sunk fishing vessel near Henry Island

Crews from Global Diving and Salvage pumped all accessible fuel off of the F/V Chief Joseph off of Henry Island Saturday, May 4, 2024. The fishing boat sank on Friday, May 3. A man and his dog were rescued by U.S. Coast Guard.  Initial estimate is that more than 1,000 gallons of diesel were removed. While residual pollution is still possible, the majority of the pollution risk has been mitigated.

Washington Department of Ecology flew over the scene on Friday, May 3.

Crews planned to be on the water on Sunday to assess for any shoreline or wildlife impacts, but none have been reported to date.

A tentative plan to remove the vessel from the water once weather improves on Tuesday or Wednesday is being  developed at this time.

Thanks to Global, Republic Services, Tow Boat and the Pintail out of Friday Harbor, the US Coast Guard, WA Dept. of Ecology, and the Islands’ Oil Spill Association for the support to date.

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