By Ken Stern 

Aleutian Isle raised, moved to Mitchell Bay


September 21, 2022

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

BOTH A LONG AND DEEP HAUL – Sunday, Aug. 28 salvage contractor Global Diving arrived at Sunset Point west of San Juan island. They anchored their barge and crane. It will be take some 10-days to raise the sunken vessel Aleutian Isle and secure it for transport.

When you read this the fishing vessel Aleutian Isle will be in Mitchell Bay. Plans were to move it there Monday afternoon. The vessel was successfully lifted to the surface Saturday, Sept. 17. Crews worked through that evening to dewater the vessel. Their first efforts removed 250 gallons of waste oil. They next removed any diesel fuel remaining onboard.

Throughout the raising process some fuel escaped. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that pollution mitigation strategies were effective. Responders were able to boom sheening that was containable.

Crews continued dewatering the vessel, removing ap...

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