Commercial divers are occasionally called upon to do high-profile work around the world, such as the salvage of the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the coast of Italy or the salvage of the container ship Rena in reefs off the coast of New Zealand. Every now and then, however, commercial diving work here in Washington garners news coverage.
Last month, diving and salvage crews mobilized to remove sunken boats and clean up a fuel spill resulting from a marina fire in La Conner, Wash., according to KOMO News. Seven boats were destroyed and many others damaged in the fire, which caused six of those seven boats to sink, the article explained. All in all, the La Conner marina fire on Feb. 21 caused an estimated $1 million in damage.
Why Was the Marina Fire So Costly?
The fire happened at Shelter Bay Marina, which serves a private, master planned community on the Swinomish Channel. Most of the destroyed and damaged boats were high-value pleasure craft, including one 50-foot yacht worth about $300,000 by itself, KOMO News reported.
Who Helped with the Incident?
Fire fighters with Skagit County Fire District 13 helped put out the blaze and crews with the Coast Guard and the Washington State Department of Ecology responded to help with the fuel spill containment. The Coast Guard hired Seattle-based Global Diving & Salvage to help recover the fuel spill.
Anacortes-based Culbertson Marine used a crane to lift the first boats out of the water the day after the fire with help from Northwest Diving and Marine Services, the Seattle Times reported. After the boats were removed, they were transferred by barge to Anacortes for inspection to help determine the cause of the fire. The Swinomish Police Department and the Skagit County Fire Department were jointly investigating the cause of the marina fire, according to Q13 Fox.
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