Divers plug leak from sunken ship at Penn Cove



WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says divers have plugged a vent that was leaking fuel from a sunken ship at Whidbey Island’s Penn Cove.

Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says it had been leaking one or two gallons a minute. Skimmers and absorbent booms were deployed by the clean-up contractor.

Divers also have pumped 1,900 gallons of fuel out of the vessel and continue working Tuesday.

Bradshaw says the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is paying for the cost, and the Coast Guard will seek to recoup the money.

The 128-foot derelict fishing boat caught fire Saturday and sank Sunday in 50 feet of water.

The fuel spill prompted the nearby Penn Cove Shellfish company to shut down its operations as a precaution.