Barge nearly sinks in Langley Marina | UPDATED

Workers attend to a barge that partially sank Wednesday, resulting in a crane falling into the water. - Celeste Erickson / The Record
Workers attend to a barge that partially sank Wednesday, resulting in a crane falling into the water.
— image credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

Crews worked to raise a partially sunken barge and submerged crane Wednesday afternoon at South Whidbey Harbor.

The barge was being used as a platform to pound pilings for the marina expansion project and began to take on on water shortly before 9 a.m.

Crews from Neptune Marine are pumping water out of the vessel and are well on their way to getting the barge stabilized, said Ed Field, operations manager for the port, Wednesday afternoon.

A slip collar around an on-board piling used to secure the barge supposedly locked in place. It didn't allow the vessel to rise with the tide and the barge began to sink.

Field confirmed a large crane was not secured and fell into 40 feet of water.

Travis Crabb, owner of Neptune Marine, said the 80-foot barge had no damage and crews will resume the piling installations by Monday.

Neptune Marine is subcontracted by Mike Carlson Enterprises, the main contractor for the expansion project, and owns both the barge and the crawler crane.

Curt Gordon, port commissioner, said the operating company also works as a boat salvage and repair company and is equipped to raise the barge.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no fuel leakage was reported and spill response teams determined there was no contamination or spills at the site.

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