Department of Ecology News Release - February 19, 2014

14-028

Agencies continue to monitor spill due to sunken vessel at Gig Harbor marina

GIG HARBOR – An estimated 25 gallons of gasoline leaked from a 28-foot pleasure craft Tuesday night at Lucas Landing in Gig Harbor.

The Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, Gig Harbor Fire Department and contractor Global Diving & Salvage responded. The contractor was hired by the Coast Guard.

Responders were able to recover some of the gasoline with absorbent pads and oil sweep, which works somewhat like a mop.

To minimize risk for further spills, Global divers plugged the vessel’s vents and recovered approximately 15 gallons of gasoline from the vessel.

Responders will continue to monitor the situation today. Next steps include working with the vessel owner, marina operators and others to plan for removing the vessel from the water.

# # #

Media Contacts:

Linda Kent, Ecology Communications, 360-791-9830, linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov, @ecysw

PA 2 George L. Degener, U.S. Coast Guard Communications, 206-220-7237, George.L.Degener@uscg.mil

For more information:

Incident photos on Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/ecologywa/sets/72157641227179845/with/12641227835/)

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

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/socialmedia.html)