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Coast Guard responds to pollution from sunken vessel in WA bay

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Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard
Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard
SEATTLE (KPTV) -

U.S. Coast Guard personnel are overseeing the response to a 65-foot vessel leaking diesel after it sank at Makah Marina in Neah Bay Washington Thursday Night.

Officials said the vessel, Black Fish, had an estimated 500 gallons of fuel on board when it began leaking.

National Response Corporation, and Global Diving and Salvage have been contracted to contain and clean the spill.

Marina staff placed a boom around the vessel, which contained the majority of the spill.

According to the Coast Guard, the owner reportedly has no insurance or ability to mitigate the pollution threat, so the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $50,000.

"Our responders will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation," said Lt. j.g. Trevor Siperek, assistant chief at the Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division. "Our goal is to mitigate any environmental damage through a collaborative effort with our agency partners and contracted cleanup personnel."

There have been no reports of wildlife effected by the spill.

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