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December 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Refinery cylinder falls in water at Cherry Point

The Associated Press

FERNDALE — A 140-foot long cylinder for the BP Cherry Point refinery was being unloaded from a barge Friday morning when it fell in the water at Cherry Point near Ferndale.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says one worker suffered a leg injury when a crane had a hydraulic failure.

BP Cherry Point spokesman Bill Kidd says a recovery effort is under way. He hopes the refinery will still be able to use the 12-foot diameter vessel, which is part of the equipment needed to make low-sulfur diesel. It’s made of stainless steel and weighs 475 tons. It’s worth several million dollars.

The cylinder was left partially floating in shallow water off a beach about a mile south of the refinery.

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