Coast Guard responds to boat sunk in Westport Marina

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology responded to a boat that sank at the Westport Marina on Friday.

Incident Management Division personnel from the Coast Guard monitored salvage and clean-up efforts as Ballard Marine Construction response contractors removed fuel from the 41-foot Charlotte on Saturday.

The Coast Guard received a call in the early morning hours on Friday from the emergency radio beacon on the Charlotte and a crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor found the sunken boat, while the owner was contacted and confirmed to be safe.

Ecology personnel responded, deploying a boom around the boat to contain and minimize the impact of possible pollutants.

After the owner was unable to secure response contractors with the required HAZWOPER training, Ballard Marine Construction was contracted using funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

The Charlotte has a maximum capacity of 300 gallons of diesel, but the owner reported that there was only about 75 gallons aboard.

A light residual sheen was reported in the area.

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