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Sept. 1: Divers removing netting from wreck of Aleutian Isle

On Wednesday, August 31, divers aided by an ROV made two dives to the Aleutian Isle wreck site located off the west side of San Juan Island.

A diver moves next to the sunken Aleutian Isle. Photo from wreck site courtesy of Coast Guard 

Divers began cutting away netting from the vessel to locate fuel vents and to prevent the netting from becoming entangled in the rigging during the planned lift operations. In addition, the netting poses a danger to divers and the ROV during underwater operations.

Divers were also able to locate four valves and secure them shut, including valves for waste oil, hydraulic fluid, and water.

On Thursday, September 1, 2022, dive crews began working to secure the fuel oil vents and clear away entanglement hazards.

Unified Command crews continue to monitor the area, the site of the sinking of the 49-foot fishing vessel Aleutian Isle, for sheening and any whales or marine mammals to enter the area. Deterrent measures are ready to be deployed if needed.

A diver works to free netting from the sunken Aleutian IslePhoto from wreck site courtesy of Coast Guard 

A diver makes their way along the sunken Aleutian Isle. Photo from wreck site courtesy of Coast Guard 

A diver works to free netting from the sunken Aleutian Isle. Photo from wreck site courtesy of Coast Guard 

An incident-specific web page has been created by the Washington Department of Ecology. Additional photos of the response can be found on Flickr. Developing updates will also be posted periodically on the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest social media accounts listed below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USCGPNW

Twitter: https://twitter.com/USCGPacificNW

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uscgpacificnw/

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