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4 Friday, October 21, 2011 West Seattle Herald t ii Kim Robinson A boat. that was part of an operation to transport large boulders from a barge to shore for a bulkhead sank shortly before 8 am on Friday, Oct. 14 was finally raised at the end of the day on Saturday Oct, 15 to be placed on the barge of the construction company that owns it. It had leaked some 100 gallons of diesel fuel 73 foot landing craft vessel sinks off Beach Drive Oil spill contained, vessel raised in all day effort By Patrick Robinson and David Rosen Shortly after 7:30 am on Friday, Oct. 14 a 73 foot long landing craft style vessel dalled the Justin sank about 150 yards off shore. The vessel, owned by Waterfront Construc- tion. had been involved in the transport of large boulders, known as "rip rap" in the construcuon of bulkhead in the 5400 block of Beich Drive. The sinking boat was noticed by several people in waterfront homes and a carpenter working in the area saw it listing as it took on water. At least one neighbor the West Seattle Herald spoke to called 911 and oth- ers saw it sink. It went down on its side in about 30 feet of water. It had been moored to a barge for the construction company and as it sank it punc- tured a 4 inch hole in the side of the barge. Oil began leaking from the Justin as it sank and formed an oil slick that spread quickly. The slick was not contained immediately but the construction company, according to the U.S. Coast Guard did notify the Wash- ington State Department of Ecology. Early efforts to contain it were somewhat ineffec- tive but NRC Environmental Service was brought in by the construction company to help contain it and mitigate the damage. Within three hours the spill was largely controlled by a large orange containment boom. The Coast Guard said a small amount of oil reached the beach but there were no reports of affected wildlife. Once the scene was under control it became a matter of raising the sunken ves- sel. To accomplish this the scene first had to be assessed by divers from Ballard Div- ing and Salvage. The Justin had to have an unsealed spot sealed to stop leaking fuel then lines were attached and the vessel turned to a 90 degree angle to the beach. This process of sealing, securing and turning took all day Saturday Oct. 15 as crews worked to retrieve oil soaked absorbent pads from the area that had been contained. Finally, in a series of raises and lowerings the Justin was brought up, drained, brought up further and drained and finally placed on the end of the construction barge. The company said the boat would be taken to Tacoma. Patrick Robinson can be reached at pr@rob- David Rosen can be reached at davidr@rob- 1 The One to see: Dave Newman Insurance Agency Inc. 3435 California Ave. SVV] Seattle, WA. 206-932-1878 C "L:, " ESCAPE ON A PRINCESS CRUISE If you crave affordable luxury and a big ship with a "small-ship feel," look no further than Princess Cruises . Join us to learn more at an exclusive event featuring Rick Schweizer from Princess Cruises. Plus, receive special on-board benefits on select sailings, $100 per person reduced dePosits and $325 Princess on-board savings booklets. Merrill Gardens West Seattle 4611 35 r Avenue SW Date: Monday, October 24 PRINCESS CRUISES Presentation: 6:00 p.m. ,,,,p, completely. Hosted by: AAA Travel Members and Non-Members Welcome RSVP (206) 933-4106 No Service Fees* I (800)430-9001 1 *AAA does not cnarge sece fees on me purchase of cruises and tour packages. Other service fees may apply for lems sucn as airline tickets, pagsports, fees imposed by other companies or gov't entities, etc. Restrictions and limitations apply. Ask AAA for details. Agency #178-018-521 Rglli]lm0000l00lllll t III|IIIIIU l,',[lil ilIIllJ lII]]l] |] I lllnlmllll ]! Ill rl[lll%l