Two damaged vessels dumped diesel fuel into Lake Union and the waters off Jones Island in separate incidents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
In one incident, a 48-foot fishing vessel stuck a rock near Jones Island in the San Juans yesterday afternoon and started losing diesel. The vessel, Gladstone, had 900 gallons aboard, and salvage crews recovered about 700 gallons from the boat, according to the Coast Guard. A crew from TowBoatUS stopped the diesel leak and towed the boat to Deer Harbor for further repairs. Two nearby boaters rescued one person for the damaged vessel.
In the second incident, a 90-foot vessel moored at Lake Union Dry Dock spilled about 50 gallons of diesel into the water. Apparently, a cracked fuel tank dumped diesel into the boat’s bilge and eventually overboard.
“Ensuring the safety of the maritime environment, including responding to pollution incidents, is a core mission of the Coast Guard,” said Lt. j.g. Matthew Bolton, response officer, Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division. “We take all reports of pollution very seriously and will work with our state and local partner agencies as well as professional organizations to ensure a proper response and cleanup.”