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Vessel fire in Judd Cove on Orcas Island

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, and San Juan Island Fire Department's Sentinel patrol boat responded to a boat on fire at Judd Cove on Orcas Island Tuesday morning, June 5, 2018. The call came in at 7:30 a.m., the boat sank at 9:30 a.m. 

Top three photos courtesy of state Dept. of Ecology

Photo by Pintail 

The Island Oil Spill Association (IOSA) has responded to the scene. Global Diving and Salvage will be responding to recover any remaining fuel/oil on board. The Pintail responded and rafted to sunken and burnt boat to assist in removing fuel and oil.

The vessel is currently resting in a shallow area of Judd Cove. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue notified the Washington State Department of Ecology. As of Tuesday evening, the incident is being managed by a unified command consisting of the Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, and the county Department of Emergency Management. 

Ecology responders are assessing shoreline impacts. So far there have not been any reports of impacted wildlife.

At this time, incident command has been handed over to the responding Federal and State Agencies. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue will continue to provide support to those agencies as requested.

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