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Oil, diesel spill from sunken fishing boat spreading

Oil, diesel spill from sunken fishing boat spreading

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

POINT ROBERTS, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard say a fishing vessel that sank near Point Roberts last week will be tougher to recover and clean up than first thought.

Ecology spokesman Dustin Terpening says the boat is 200-plus feet below the water’s surface and has leaked oil and diesel into the bay.

He says the spill has created a 4 to 5 mile sheen on the water.

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So far, the fuel has not made it to the shoreline.

The Coast Guard flew over the area yesterday to determine the latest scope of the spill.

The next step will be planning the removal of the 50-foot vessel.