41-foot boat sunk near Finley to be recovered Tuesday

July 23, 2013 

Boat Recovery

Alex Hess of Global Diving and Salvage, left, discusses options with Jeff Lewis of the Washington State Department of Ecology, center, concerning a 40-foot wooden fishing boat that sank in about 40 feet of water in the Columbia River about two miles downriver of Two Rivers Park in Finley. The boat sank July 12, discharging a small amount of fluid into the river, Lewis said. Although the vessel still contains 50 gallons of diesel fuel and eight gallons of engine and hydraulic oil, it isn’t leaking and poses a minor hazard to navigation, he said. Crews on the site are determining the safest and most cost-effective method of raising and salvaging the vessel.

RICHARD DICKIN — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

— A diving and salvage company will attempt to recover a 41-foot wooden fishing boat that sank in the Columbia River near Finley July 12.

Work will begin Tuesday.

Officials are concerned about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and eight gallons of engine and hydraulic and engine oil in the boat contaminating the river, but the boat owner is unable to recover the boat, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

It sank in about 40 feet of water.

The recovery will be paid for by the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Derelict Vessel Removal Program.

However, the Department of Ecology and other agencies will seek reimbursement from the boat owner.

A small sheen from fuel or oil was seen in the river just after the boat sank, but there has been no observed release of fuel or oil since then.

A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water, according to the Department of Ecology.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has been monitoring the wreck, which is two miles downstream of Two Rivers Park.

Other specialists involved in the recovery of the boat are from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Benton County Emergency Management Division.

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