If you were in the vicinity of Coupeville this Memorial Day weekend, you may have seen a parade, watched jets from NAS Whidbey Island fly over, and observed a whole lot of activity on the water as teams of divers and boat operators get ready to remove the sunken fishing vessel Deep Sea.
The vessel, which had been anchored in Penn Cove, caught fire Saturday, May 12, and sank the following evening. It now rests on the bottom in about 60 feet of water and is lying on its port (left) side.
As barges, dive teams, and environmental-response vessels mobilize to raise the Deep Sea, you can follow the progress. The Washington Department of Ecology, our partners in the removal, have set up a web page specifically for the Deep Sea incident. The web page has photos and underwater videos of the vessel as well as a map of the location where the vessel sank. Check in, also, with Ecology’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for even more current information.
News releases about the Deep Sea removal effort:
• May 22: Removal of sunken vessel in Penn Cove to begin soon
• May 25: Preparations advance for recovery of Penn Cove sunken vessel, with raising seen no sooner than Monday
• May 25: Preparations continue for recovery of sunken vessel in Penn Cove
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