Tuesday, January 26, 2021

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Anacortes
Storm Damage

A storm that battered the Pacific Northwest recently resulted in a submerged pier and some vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard responded to a call about a 300-foot by 50-foot concrete floating pier that sank around Lovric's Sea-Craft in Anacortes with three vessels attached to it. The Hellen S tugboat and the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet had to be untangled from its mooring. A decommissioned 100-foot vessel, the Chilkat, broke free and sank near the Guemes Island ferry terminal in Anacortes.

No one was on any of the affected vessels and no pollution had been detected, the USCG said.

“This was an unfortunate incident," said Chief Petty Officer Kevin Ouyoumjian, Federal On Scene Coordinator’s Representative, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound’s Incident Management Division. “However, the immediate actions of the Lovric Sea-Craft marina prevented it from becoming a catastrophe. Also, the power of these winter storms should remind all mariners of the importance of securely mooring vessels at all docks and marinas.”