Abandoned tugboat sinks near Ballard; SFD and Coast Guard respond

Mar 20, 2023, 1:55 PM | Updated: 2:50 pm


(Photo from the US Coast Guard)

(Photo from the US Coast Guard)

A derelict tugboat sunk in Salmon Bay Monday morning, with Seattle Fire (SFD) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responding to the incident.

At about 10:48 a.m., crews responded to a scene in the 5300 block of 26th Avenue SW.

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Two other abandoned vessels were tied off to the tugboat at the time of the sinking. These have been secured and do not present a hazard to maritime traffic.

No one was aboard the vessels, but one of them did sink, SFD said in a tweet.

USCG confirmed that there were no pollutants on board. All diesel and oily water was removed in 2021 after the vessel was deemed derelict.

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