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March 10, 2014
The Ruth Louise was successfully raised and removed from the
water at West Bay Marina today. It was placed on a flat-deck barge and will be
moved to Tacoma for proper recycling and disposal. Oil containment boom
surrounded the vessel throughout the operation as a precaution.
March 6, 2014
Preparations to lift the Ruth Louise, which sank at Olympia’s West Bay Marina in October, begin today. The lift, planned for next week, will involve raising the Ruth Louise a short distance off the bottom, laying out a heavy-duty net and using a crane to lift the vessel with the net underneath to minimize the chances of the vessel breaking apart. During the operation, oil containment boom will continue surrounding the vessel, and spill response equipment will staged for rapid deployment in case there is any oil release due to residual fuel and lube oil remaining on the vessel.
November 1, 2013
Divers from Global Diving & Salvage, a U.S. Coast Guard contractor, entered
the engine room of the Ruth Louise today to assess and remove any hazardous
materials. Up to 60 gallons of diesel was discovered in a tank on the portside
October 25, 2013 3:45PM
The 80-foot live-aboard boat Ruth Louise remains sunken at an outer dock at
West Bay Marina. It continues to release small amounts of residual oil
that create sheen at the surface. Hard oil-containment boom and absorbent
materials remain in place around the vessel. No sheen is being observed outside
the hard boom that surrounds the vessel.
October 22, 2013 12:15PM
Global Diving and Salvage is maintaining oil containment boom around the
live-aboard boat Ruth Louise and has changed out absorbent materials to address
a small amount of sheen seen surrounding the vessel after it sank. The sheen
that has been seen is believed to be coming from residue in engine space.
October 21, 2013 5:00PM
The state Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, West Bay Marina and the
Nisqually Indian Tribe Marine Division responded to a sunken 80-foot
wooden-hulled vessel at West Bay Marina in Olympia about 8:15 a.m. The vessel
owner has been contacted, but is not involved in the response at this time.
Date of Incident:
Department of Ecology 10/21/2013
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