Posts Tagged ‘Penn Cove’

Preparations underway in Penn Cove to raise sunken vessel

May 26, 2012


The Dive Vessel 'Prudhoe Bay' in Penn Cove

The dive vessel Prudhoe Bay is on the scene in Penn Cove at the site where the Deep Sea sank. May 25. 2012. Photo courtesy of the WA Dept. of Ecology

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.

Last Monday, DNR and partners with state, local and federal agencies made the decision to proceed as quickly as possible to remove the vessel.

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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New Ecology web page provides up-to-date info on sunken vessel in Penn Cove

May 18, 2012
Dept of Ecology web page for info on the Deep Sea

Washington State of Ecology has set up a new web page to provide updated information on the Deep Sea vessel.

A multi-agency team is working to contain and remove fuel from the crab-fishing vessel Deep Sea, which caught on fire and sank last weekend in Penn Cove on Whidbey Island.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is monitoring shoreline areas and testing for possible contamination of marine life. Washington State Department of Health has closed commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting until tests confirm shellfish there are safe to eat.

In the meantime, DNR staff are weighing the best options for salvaging the vessel without causing harm to the environment and the resources in the cove.

The situation in Penn Cove changes frequently. Ecology has created a new web page that provides updated information about the effort.

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