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Yacht carrying 1,200 gallons of diesel sinks in Olympia marina

Several state agencies removed 800 gallons of diesel fuel from a yacht that sank at West Bay Marina near Olympia, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A 92-foot recreational yacht that was carrying approximately 1,200 gallons of diesel sank at a dock in West Bay Marina near Olympia on Friday.

The Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound got notification of the spill at about 7:30 a.m.

Crews with the Washington State Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the port of Olympia were on-site to assess the situation and determine a cleanup and recovery plan.

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard District 13
Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Card, a federal on-scene coordinator representative at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division, writes down notes during cleanup operations of a diesel spill caused by a sunken 92-foot recreational yacht, Oct. 4, 2019, in West Bay Marina near Olympia, Wash.

A containment and absorbent boom were deployed Friday, as well as other absorbent materials, to limit the impact of the spill.

On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said 800 gallons of diesel was removed from the yacht, along with 600 gallons of absorbent material that was soaked with an oily/water mixture.

The yacht was still sunk as of Saturday evening.