By Julia Lerner
Cascadia Daily News 

Aleutian Isle fishing vessel still underwater 10 days later


Last updated 8/24/2022 at 4:05pm

Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Ecology

Divers have struggled to remove fuel containers from the Aleutian Isle, a fishing vessel that sank near the San Juan Islands Aug. 13.

Ten days after it sank, the Aleutian Isle is still on the seafloor.

The 49-foot fishing vessel, which sank off the west coast of San Juan Island on Aug. 13, is sitting in waters around 200 feet deep. Specialized gear will be required to remove it.

Salvage crews are waiting for equipment from Seattle to begin the process, which will require a crane and a barge to lift it off the seafloor.

Representatives from the Unified Command, made up of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and several environmental agencies, are hopeful they'll be able to begin raising the vessel later this week.

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