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February 24, 2014 at 6:42 PM

2 more sunken boats raised from Shelter Bay Marina fire

Two more of the six boats that sank during a fire at Shelter Bay Marina near La Conner on Friday were raised today, bringing the number of boats pulled from water to four, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The massive fire destroyed seven boats and damaged at least eight others at the marina in Skagit County. Six of the destroyed boats burned to the waterline and sank. The department expects the last two boats to be raised Tuesday or Wednesday. Once they are removed, environmental workers will continue to clean the wooden dock and nearby vegetation, as well as remove remaining debris from the water.

The recovered vessels are being barged to a shipyard, the department said. The Swinomish Police Department, Skagit County Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and insurance companies will investigate to try to determine the fire’s cause and the total damage, which has been estimated at $1 million.

All recoverable oil has been contained, the department said. More than 2,400 gallons of oil and fuel leaked into the harbor, with even more on board the sunken vessels. No wildlife impacts have been reported.

Comments | More in Environment, The Blotter | Topics: La Conner, Shelter Bay Marina


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