Sunken Tug To Be Removed From River This Weekend
The removal of a sunken tug boat on the Columbia River just downstream of Bonneville Dam will begin on Friday and continue through the weekend. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving will take part in the work. A crane barge will be anchored and set-up on Friday, and divers will anchor the barge on the upstream side of the Tug DIANE and lower a current screen in place to protect divers from the high current. Divers will remove any remaining fuel on the DIANE and install lifting chains on Saturday. The crane will lift and remove the Tug DIANE on Sunday. The Coast Guard will establish a safety zone around the operation and will have two boats on site during removal efforts to monitor operations. The Bonneville Power Administration will be reducing daytime flows out of Bonneville Dam during the work.