PORT OF ILWACO - The wheelhouse of the 58-foot trawler Ivanhoe was under water at high tide at the Port of Ilwaco Marina Friday afternoon.
A crew from Seattle-based Global Diving and Salvage was on hand to raise the vessel from the bottom of the marina at the 5 p.m. low tide and tow it to the port's TraveLift to try to determine the cause of the sinking.
Sarah Wilson, Derelict Vessel Removal Program manager for the Aquatic Resources Division of the State Department of Natural Resources, said Friday the cost of pumping out the Ivanhoe and raising it to the surface was about $8,000 a day. The funds come from the division's $50,000 pot for removing derelict vessels that threaten human health and safety and pose an environmental hazard.
The Ivanhoe shot to the top of the list last week because of a spill of about 350 gallons of diesel fuel in the harbor. The funds come from a $2 fee added on to boat registration fees in the state. The U.S. Coast Guard pays for collection and removal of the diesel fuel.
David DeVilbiss, Marine Operations manager for Global, said Sunday that the cause of the sinking was most likely failure of a power source to a pump, causing the boat to fill with water.