Two Tugboats Sank Near Port Gamble
Thursday, October 20, 2005
The Coast Guard says two tugboats -- not just one -- sank early Monday near Port Gamble.
An estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from one vessel before a vent was plugged by divers.
The Coast Guard, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office and state Ecology Department are investigating the sinkings.
The tugs were tied together near the old Port Gamble mill.
The Kitsap County Health District advises against harvesting or eating shellfish from the bay until further notice because of the fuel spill.
But the state Department of Health gave the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe the O-K to resume geoduck (GOO'-ee-duck) harvesting. The big clams are found in deeper waters.