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Marine Unit Responds to Runaway Barge 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 27, 2014 

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. - The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to a runaway barge this morning in the Port Susan/Mission Beach area.  A call came into 911 around 9 a.m., that a barge moored off Jetty Island had come loose and was drifting in the channel between Hat and Camano Islands.  The Marine Unit located the vessel, which turned out to be two barges lashed together, beached on the breakwater at Mission Beach.  A tug from Foss Maritime towed the vessel to safety and all units were safely out of the water by noon. 

Weather conditions, including three to five foot wind waves and winds up to 30 knots, may have contributed to the vessel becoming unmoored.