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On Tuesday morning, Ecology observed the sunken vessel from a neighboring property. There is no sheen visible but some debris that appears to be from the boat remains on the owner's beach.
On Sunday evening, Ecology received a call from a private citizen reporting having seen a sheen that day from the Blue Dolphin. Ecology contacted the owner and he said he was not able to raise the boat that day because the timing of the tides was not good.
According to the owner, about two weeks ago two of the vessel's mooring lines broke loose in heavy winds, swung the boat around, causing it to hit rocks, damaging the hull. As a result of the damage, the boat sank.
Ecology will continue to work with the U.S. Coast Guard and the owner until the boat is raised and there is no further threat of a spill.
The owner of the sunken vessel was located and reported that there was less than one gallon of oil in each engine when it was reported to have sunk. His boat is his private property and is not on the State Department of Natural Resources Derelict Vessel Program's list. He intends to try and raise the vessel at low tide on Sunday, February 12th.
On Thursday evening and Friday morning, Ecology observed the sunken vessel from a neighbor's property. Vessel is on the owner's property and at this time there is no visible spill.
Thursday, 1/26/12 9:10 a.m.
At approximately 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, January 26th, 2012, a 30 foot pleasure craft, the Blue Dolphin, was reported to have sunk near Shannon Point in the Guemes Channel. Life jackets, door panels and other debris were said to be floating near the boat.
At high tide, there was a burp of fuel from the vessel which reportedly smelled like old gasoline.
At 11:45 a.m., the Anacortes Fire Department reported that the boat was resting on its bottom but there was no visible sheen.
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