72-foot tug sinks in Lake Union

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From ourtugboat.blogspot.com

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard is responding to reports of a 72-foot retired tug that reportedly sank Monday in Lake Union.

The Coast Guard received reports from the tug’s caregiver saying the 72-foot boat, Iver, went in the water around 7:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials said.

According to the Coast Guard, oil booms and absorbent pads were placed around the sunken tug to reduce the spread of leaking fuel. However, a fuel sheen was spotted in the water, and the tug reportedly held up to 1,700 gallons of gas. It was unknown how much spilled.

The tug was being remodeled into a house boat, the Seattle Times reported. It was christened in 1925.

Coast Guard crews from the Puget Sound corresponded with the Washington Department of Ecology for cleanup.

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