Sailboat leaking diesel initiates fuel spill response on Lake Chelan

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A partially submerged sailboat on Lake Chelan initiated a fuel spill response Tuesday afternoon because of leaking diesel fuel.

Emergency management personnel from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office were notified by State Department of Ecology just after 4 p.m. concerning a 29-foot sailboat, which was approximately 60-percent submerged along the south shore of the lake just down lake of the 25 Mile Creek USFS dock.

By 9:30 p.m., the vessel had been surrounded by boom and absorbent material to mitigate the diesel flow out into the lake by a DOE Spill Response Team.

An attempt to locate the owner of the vessel at several different locations in Chelan was unsuccessful as of Tuesday evening. The investigation concerning what caused the large sailboat to sink is ongoing.