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Lifting of the Aleutian Isle underway

Lifting operations for the sunken vessel Aleutian Isle are underway off San Juan Island, according to the state Department of Ecology. The unified command urges boaters to observe the 1000-yard safety zone as well as the temporary flight restriction during this critical phase of the recovery.

The fishing vessel sank August 13, 2022 near Sunset Point on the west side of San Juan Island. In order to prevent pollution from the oil/fuel aboard the vessel, the Coast Guard and the state Department of Ecology decided it should be lifted by crane and placed on a barge.


Photo taken September 6 at low slack tide. (about 9:15 am) The crane is in position and lowering the dive bell at this time. When operating, the crane is swung 180 degrees from static position so the barge can act as a counter balance. The men on the deck give the crane some scale.  The divers have a half hour of bottom time and four and a half hours in the decompression chamber afterwards according to Coast Guard personnel on the scene. Photo by Brad Pillow

In preparation divers sealed up all the vents and removed netting from the submerged vessel which was 200 feet below the surface. 



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