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Category: Maritime


UPDATED: Two people being evaluated after boat started to sink in Commencement Bay

UPDATED at1:57 p.m.:

Tacoma fire paramedics evaluated two men after their boat started sinking in Commencement Bay off Marine View Drive this afternoon.

The men spent some time in the water. One man had gotten out by the time firefighters arrived. The other was brought to shore with some help, the Fire Department reported.

The incident occurred in the 5300 block of Marine View Drive shortly before noon.

KIRO reported the men had been shrimping and crabbing near Browns Point when their boat overturned. They were treated for hypothermia.


UPDATED: Tacoma man drowns during late night canoe outing on Lakewood lake

UPDATED at 12:08 p.m.

A 24-year-old Tacoma man drowned early Sunday when his canoe overturned on Lake Steilacoom.

Nickolas Munson was pronounced dead at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler gave this account.

Munson and his girlfriend had spent Saturday at a friend’s house near the lake. Around midnight, the girlfriend wanted to leave but Munson wanted to stay.

Munson and his 23-year-old friend went to the dock and eventually got into the canoe. They went out onto to the lake, where they were singing and rocking in the canoe until it capsized about 100 yards

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Tacoma fire investigates oil sheen on Foss Waterway

A Tacoma fire crew aboard the Commencement fireboat is trying to find the source of an oil sheen spotted this morning on the Thea Foss Waterway.

“It doesn’t sound like anything major,” Tacoma fire battalion chief Dyre Fudge said. “It appears to be minor.”

The state Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard also have been notified.

Crews have been able to determine the sheen did not come from the city’s storm drainage system.

“It could be anything at all,” Fudge said.


WHAT IS THAT: Rescue ships spotted in the South Sound

From my Inbox this morning:

I live above Titlow Beach, and we are watching a couple of boats going back and forth along the east side of Fox Island, kind of directly across from Day Island.  The boats came screaming up the sound (from the Narrows Bridge side) about ½ hour ago, and have been going back and forth since.

Is someone in the water?

Here’s what I told the reader:

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, they have two 87-foot ships in the area of Fox Island for a memorial service for a Coast Guard member that recently died.

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Diesel spill in Hylebos

A fishing vessel spilled approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel into Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway early Saturday morning, prompting an emergency response by the Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Ecology and the Tacoma Fire Department.

According to Kathy Davis, an Ecology Department spokeswoman, crews aboard the 195-foot fishing tender “Eastern Wind” spilled the fuel while transferring it from one tank to another.

Davis said environmental damage from the spill was minimized because the vessel’s owner, Trident Seafood, had taken the precautionary measure of placing booms around the vessel during the fuel transfer, as is standard practice.

Emergency responders will

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Sunken barge spills oil in Gig Harbor

A barge with a 5-ton crane aboard sank in Gig Harbor Saturday morning, spilling an unknown amount of oil into the harbor.

The state Department of Ecology and Gig Harbor fire and police departments are responding.

The barge is owned by a company called Marine Floats.

The sunken barge has leaked an unknown amount of fuel, causing an oil sheen on the water.

According to the State Department of Ecology, the fuel has been removed from the barge crane. The barge owner has deployed boom and absorbent materials to help contain the spill, according to the Ecology Department.


UPDATED: Fuel spill reported on Foss Waterway

UPDATED at 2:10 p.m.

Investigators believe they have pinpointed the source of a fuel spill spotted today on the Foss Waterway.

Investigators suspect the substance came from a private home. The fuel went into the storm drain, which then emptied it into the Foss Waterway, City of Tacoma spokeswoman Lorna Sutton said.

Callers reported a thin sheen from the spill just after 9:45 a.m. The sheen was spotted on the water from the head of the waterway to the 11th Street bridge, the state Department of Ecology reported.

A boom was deployed to contain the spill, the Tacoma Fire Department

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WHAT IS THAT: Is there an oil spill on Commencement Bay?

That was the question from a reader who called The News Tribune this morning after seeing a lot of maritime activity on Commencement Bay.

The answer is no.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the marine spills response unit is conducting a drill on the water.

The exercise involves the Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Ecology.


The state Department of Ecology sent out a press release about this exercise yesterday. Here it is:

A practice oil-spill response will test the readiness and skills needed for the real thing in Commencement Bay on Tuesday, Sept.

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