Sunken ship floating its way back to Seattle

Sunken ship floating its way back to Seattle

Sunken ship floating its way back to Seattle

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 1:26 PM

COUPEVILLE, Wash. -- The Coast Guard says the derelict ship that shut down shellfish harvesting in Penn Cove has been moved away from Whidbey Island and should be in Seattle Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Warrant Officer Iain Wells says a tug boat started moving the Deep Sea about 5 a.m. for a trip of about 50 miles. It will be dismantled at a Ballard shipyard.

The 140-foot ship caught fire and sank May 12, leaking fuel. A crane barge raised the Deep Sea on Sunday.

The state Ecology Department says the spill response by various agencies has cost the state nearly $2 million.

The state Health Department says some Penn Cove shellfish beds reopened Tuesday, but some contamination was detected at others that remain closed for more testing next week.

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