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Final Section of Derelict Barge to be Removed

by U.S. Coast Guard, August 23, 2011

(WA Dept. of Ecology) The 431-foot barge, Davy Crockett, sits aground on the northern bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Coast Guard and Washington State Dept. of Ecology pollution response teams, along with marine inspectors, responded to the scene to check for any possible pollution and determine the overall condition of the vessel. The cause of the grounding is unknown. August 23, 2011 U.S. Coast Guard ASTORIA, Ore. -- The final section of the derelict barge Davy Crockett will be lifted out of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., August 25.

Members of the Unified Command - comprised of the Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and a representative from Ballard Diving and Salvage will be available for interviews.

The 431-foot former World War II-era Liberty Ship partially sank Jan. 27, 2011, while moored near the Washington shoreline. The vessel buckled due to structural instability, likely caused by improper deconstruction practices. Approximately 70 gallons of oil discharged to the river in late January, causing patches of sheen 14 miles downriver. The Unified Command was established at that time to respond to the unknown environmental threat posed by the Davy Crockett.

U.S. Coast Guard
Final Section of Derelict Barge to be Removed, August 23, 2011

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