Ecology Officials, Coast Guard Help Remove Petroleum from Vessel

An oil slick washes up on the shore Tuesday, May 19, 2015, near Goleta, Calif. (Kennth Song/The News-Press via AP)
An oil slick washes up on the shore Tuesday, May 19, 2015, near Goleta, Calif. (Kennth Song/The News-Press via AP)

SEATTLE -- The Coast Guard and ecology officials are working to remove petroleum products from a tug boat in the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Officials were notified Tuesday that the tug boat Vigorous was sitting abnormally low in the water.

The Puget Sound crew found a significant amount of oily water in the engine room but determined that it was not in danger of sinking. They place a containment boom around the vessel and began the process of removing the oily bilge.

The Vigorous has about 20,000 gallons of bilge waste and an unknown amount of product in its fuel tanks.

Officials say their first priority is to remove all of the hazardous materials from the vessel to decrease the risk of harm to the environment.

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