0108 barge sinks

The top of a dump barge peaks out at high tide Monday, Jan. 6 just outside Lovric Sea-Craft Marina. The barge started taking on water late Sunday and was towed to shallower water so it could more easily be removed, Lovric project manager Ed Ehler said. (Richard Walker / Anacortes American)

A 140-foot barge at Lovric Sea-Craft that was scheduled to be scrapped in spring sank on Sunday.

Lovric project manager Ed Ehler said he was notified by a boat owner at the marina late Sunday that the barge appeared to have taken on water. He and another crew member towed it to shallower water east of the marina so it could be more easily removed.

“We touched bottom over there at about 10:45 p.m.,” Ehler said Monday.

What caused the barge to sink was unknown Monday. Ehler said the vessel is an old dump barge measuring 140 feet by 40 feet. He said it was abandoned at Lovric Sea-Craft about 12 years ago, and all contaminants were removed in preparation for the barge being scrapped.

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