Washington State Department of Ecology - October 21, 2013

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Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, West Bay Marina responding to sunken vessel at Olympia marina

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, West Bay Marina and the Nisqually Indian Tribe Marine Division are responding to a sunken 80-foot wooden-hulled vessel at West Bay Marina in Olympia.

The sinking was reported to Ecology at about 8:15 a.m. The Nisqually Indian Tribe Marine Division has deployed hard oil-containment boom as well as absorbent materials. There is a light rainbow sheen in the area where the boat sank, mostly within the boom.

State, federal and tribal authorities have responders and investigators at the site to assess the situation and plan next steps.

Neither the amount of fuel on board nor the cause of the sinking is known at this time.

All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.

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Media Contacts:

 Linda Kent, Department of Ecology media relations; 360-791-9830, Linda.Kent@ecy.wa.gov; Twitter: @ecySW
 PA3 Jordan Akiyama, Coast Guard Public Affairs, 206-605-4817, Jordan.H.Akiyama@uscg.mil

For more information:

Ecology Spills Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html)

Ecology homepage (www.ecy.wa.gov/)