Fishing boat sinks, leaks fuel at Tulalip

TULALIP — A 60-foot commercial fishing boat sank Sunday morning at the Tulalip Marina leaking about 75 gallons of diesel fuel, officials said.

By Sunday afternoon, most of the spilled oil was cleaned up and salvage divers were able to prevent further leaks from the sunken boat, Tulalip Tribes police Lt. Robert Myers said.

No immediate environmental damage was reported, he said.

Officials on Monday didn’t yet know why the St. Nicholas sank, Myers said.

Crews used oil booms and sponges to remove the spilled fuel. An attempt Monday to raise the boat was unsuccessful. A second attempt will be made today at low tide, he said.

“If we don’t get it up (Tuesday) morning, we will call in a barge and crane,” he said.

Cost of the clean up to date is about $20,000, Myers said.

The boat’s owner is cooperating with authorities and has agreed to pay all the costs, he said.

Mount Vernon: Crash of motorcycle kills 1

An Everett man died Saturday when his motorcycle crashed in rural Skagit County, police said.

Brian Dean Schmidt, 47, was driving on Farm-to-Market Road just south of Allen West Road when police believe his motorcycle went into a ditch, struck a culvert and was then thrown into a post, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Thousands of motorcyclists converged on Skagit County during the weekend for the annual Oyster Run in Anacortes.

From Herald staff reports

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