Personnel from Global Diving and Salvage work to secure leaking fuel from the Seattle-based Lady Mick, which began sinking July 18 at John Wayne Marina. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Boat sinks at John Wayne Marina after pumps fail

A 46-foot wooden powerboat sank at John Wayne Marina last week.

Harbormaster Ron Amundson said the first call came in at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, and that the Lady Mick hit the marina floor at 11:10 p.m.

“We deployed an emergency pump and could not stop it from going down,” he said.

The boat was known to take on water and have a pump running, he said. The boat’s two pumps failed, he said.

Global Diving and Salvage was working Wednesday morning to remove fuel and oil, Amundson said. The plan was to tow the boat to the boatyard in Port Angeles.

Amundson said there have been a few boats “over the years” that sank at their slips in John Wayne Marina, typically due to boat or owner failure.

In this case, the owner, Cynthia Rue of Sequim, had intended to take the boat into a boatyard for repairs, but the pumps failed before that could happen, he said.

Jesse Major is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. He can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsuladaily news.com.

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