Crane hauls up sunken 73-foot Washington workboat

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Posted: Oct 15, 2011 10:18 PM
Crane hauls up sunken 73-foot Washington workboat

Crews using a large crane have raised a 73-foot vessel that sank off the Seattle coast.

State Ecology Department spokesman Curt Hart says the World War II-era landing craft is completely out of the water and draining. Later, the vessel will be set on another barge and removed from the area.

The vessel, called the Justin, was being used in a bulkhead project in Puget Sound when it sank Friday, leaking an unknown amount of diesel. The Coast Guard says a small amount of oil reached a Seattle beach.

Hart says as much as 300 gallons of diesel and 50-70 gallons of other types of petroleum products could have leaked.

There have been no reports of affected wildlife or fish, but state ecologists continue to monitor and investigate.