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Agencies Making New Plan to Remove Sunken Boat from River Near Finley

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FINLEY, Wash. -- The Washington Department of Ecology, and federal, state and local agencies are making a new plan to recover a partially submerged wooden fishing boat from the Columbia River near Finley.

On August 13th, Global Diving & Salvage Inc. will try to recover the diesel fuel and oil onboard to remove the potential threat of environmental damage.

A derrick crane will be brought in to completely remove the boat hull.

The recovery is being paid for using the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and state derelict vessel program. Ecology and the coordinating agencies will seek reimbursement costs from the boat owner.

The 41-foot wooden boat sank on July 12th. The boat is at least six feet under the water.

Since the original recovery operation began on July 23, the crews working to recover the boat has overcome several hurdles, including removal of a 20-foot mast to lighten the load. On August 2, the boat was partially lifted from the river and moved to shallow water using inflatable pontoons.