Crews have emptied all fuel and other pollutants from the 61-foot crab boat that ran aground last week on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Coast Guard spokesman Jordan Akiyama said the owner of the vessel, Dennis Sturgell Jr. of Warrenton, hired a team to pump 600 gallons of fuel, 200 gallons of hydraulic oil and another 100 gallons of oily “bilge water” off the Genesis A over the weekend. No contaminants leaked from the boat, according to Coast Guard. An initial report that 1,200 gallons of fuel were aboard was erroneous, Akiyama said.
“The vessel is still there,” Command Duty Officer John Dodd said Sunday. “But they’re working with the removal team to get it out of the state park.”
Ballard Diving & Salvage will begin dismantling the boat Monday. Removal could take up to five days as crews deal with the tide. The owner, Coast Guard and Ecology officials decided the boat could not be freed from the sand bar on which it went aground Early Friday morning.
The Coast Guard said the helmsman fell asleep at the wheel. Four people and a dog were rescued from the beached boat using a helicopter. No one was injured.