Saturday, February 22, 2014
UPDATE: Cleanup underway at Shelter Bay Marina in La Conner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 12:00 p.m., February 22, 2014
Lisa Copeland, Department of Ecology, Lisa.Copeland@ecy.wa.gov, 360-515-6868; @EcologyWA
George Degener, U.S. Coast Guard, George.L.Degener@uscg.mil, 206-251-3237
Larry Kibbee, Shelter Bay Community, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-770-6925
LA CONNER –The Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are continuing to monitor cleanup at Shelter Bay Marina after a fire early Friday evening that caused seven boats to sink and damaged others, many of them filled with diesel fuel.
An undetermined amount of fuel has been released to the water. Three layers of oil containment boom and absorbent have been deployed to reduce the spread of pollution. A skimmer is also working to remove the oil. The extent of any environmental damage is still being determined, but most of the leaked fuel appears to be contained. The marina is working with boat owners to determine how much fuel is on each boat.
Global Diving and Salvage has been hired by the Coast Guard to recover as much spilled fuel as possible. A separate contractor will be using a crane barge to remove the damaged vessels from the water. Ecology is working with the Coast Guard and the contractors to monitor the cleanup. Cleanup and salvage operations are expected to continue for several days.
The Swinomish Police Department and Skagit County Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.
Additional information and photos are posted on an Ecology web page designated to this incident. Updates will continue to be provided as more information becomes available.
Ecology incident web page: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/incidents/LaConner/index.html
Ecology Spills Program: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html
Ecology homepage: www.ecy.wa.gov/