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June 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Progress in efforts to raise the Deep Sea vessel from Penn Cove

A derelict fishing vessel that sank in Penn Cove on May 13 “poked briefly out of the water” Friday afternoon after divers made progress in hauling it out of the silt at the bottom of the cove.

Workers used a floating crane to life the bow, allowing divers to set cables and chains under the center of the hull, the state Department of Ecology said in a news release Friday night. The vessel, which had been lying portside at the bottom of Penn Cove near Coupeville on Whidbey Island, was slightly righted during the operation, the department said.

Heavy chains were placed under the vessel’s stern earlier this week, and crews plan to install chains around the hull next, according to the release. The arrival of a heavy crane over the weekend should allow crews to make further progress raising the vessel.

More than 5,000 gallons of fuel have been removed from the Deep Sea or recovered, but those involved in the clean-up still don’t know how much remains on board.

Comments | Topics: Deep Sea, oil spill, Penn Cove

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