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Coast Guard and Other Agencies Tackle Sunken Vessel in Seattle

The Coast Guard, in coordination with the Washington Department of Ecology and several other agencies, is actively responding to a sunken vessel incident in Seattle. The 91-foot crabbing vessel, North American, sank at a pier east of the Ballard Bridge on the south side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a distress report about the sinking vessel. Seattle Fire Department promptly arrived at the scene, deploying containment booms around the vessel to prevent further environmental contamination.

The North American has a reported maximum capacity of 32,500 gallons of diesel, posing a significant risk of spillage. To address this, the Coast Guard activated the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and contracted Global Dive and Salvage, a specialized oil spill response organization, to manage clean-up and response operations.

Divers have been deployed to plug vents on the vessel, aiming to mitigate any further discharge of diesel into the water. Additionally, responders have set up a secondary layer of containment booms around the vessel to bolster initial efforts. The plan involves transferring the remaining diesel from the sunken vessel to storage tanks onshore.

Coast Guard pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound are on-site, assessing the situation and providing support for the clean-up efforts. Currently, there are no reports of injured wildlife or disruptions to vessel traffic in the area.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation, as responders continue to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of the sunken vessel.

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Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.

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