75-foot vessel sinks in Puget Sound off Seattle
Friday, October 14, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- A boom has been deployed to contain an oil sheen around a 75-foot vessel that sank Friday morning in the Puget Sound off Seattle.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw says there are 300 gallons of diesel and 30 gallons of motor oil onboard the vessel in sealed tanks. More boom and salvage divers are on the way.
The sinking was reported at about 8 a.m. while the vessel was tied to a barge about 300 yards off shore. There are no injuries. Boats responded from the Coast Guard and the Seattle police and fire departments.
Witnesses told an Associated Press photographer the vessel and barge were working on a bulkhead construction project and the vessel was used to ferry large rocks to shore.