July 30, 1991 |
More than 400 birds, including two bald eagles, and three sea otters were mired in oil Monday as Canadian authorities commissioned a submarine to see if the leak from a sunken Japanese ship could be controlled. The birds, mostly murres, were recovered by rescue workers; 139 of them were dead, but the bald eagles and 302 others survived and may be saved.
February 3, 1988 |
Divers will try to salvage a sunken barge laden with 300,000 gallons of fuel by lifting it off the sea bed with a crane, turning it right side up underwater, and pumping out the fuel so the vessel can be refloated, the Coast Guard said Tuesday. Authorities said salvage operations would begin today when a derrick barge arrives, and the operation will take several days to complete.
July 23, 1991 |
A 364-foot fish processing ship collided with a freighter and sank in calm waters off the Olympic Peninsula. The Coast Guard said 84 crew members were pulled from the water after the Japanese-registered Tenyo Maru went to the bottom. One was missing. The collision with the 593-foot, Chinese-registered Tuo Hai, on the opening day of Washington's halibut season, was being investigated. The freighter escaped major damage.
December 27, 1988
The toll of sea birds coated with oil spilled from a damaged barge near Ocean Shores, Wash., has topped 1,100 and rescue workers expect more as the week goes on. Pam Miller, a biologist for the state Department of Ecology, said 300 gulls, murres, grebes and scoters--their feathers and skin suffocated by the gooey, tar-like oil--have died.
August 3, 1991 |
Crews set up equipment to trap fuel leaking from a Japanese ship that sank in about 500 feet of water 25 miles off the northwest tip of Washington state. The oozing oil formed an 80-mile slick fouling pristine Pacific Northwest beaches, killing sea birds and depositing tar balls on the shore, officials said. Boats towing 600-foot-long booms will collect the slick in a smaller area so skimmers can lap it up, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.
July 29, 1991 |
Cleanup crews scrambled to a contaminated beach in Olympic National Park as oil from a sunken Japanese ship continued to slosh ashore, threatening thousands of sea birds and mammals. Globs of oil mixed with kelp began washing ashore four days after the Tenyo Maru collided with another ship and sank off Washington's northwest tip.