Crane Accidents

Crane Tips Over, Lands in Lake Whatcom at Bloedel Boat Launch



Crane Tips Into Barge Washington 2010A crane that replaced log booms at the boat launch at Bloedel Donovan Park fell off its barge and into Lake Whatcom Friday, July 30, spilling five gallons of oil and damaging a boat.

No one was injured when the crane, owned by West Coast Divers and Marine, tipped at about 3:30 p.m. Crews were working to remove it from the water Friday evening. The launch will be closed until Saturday morning.

The company contracted with the city of Bellingham to replace the booms and was finishing that project when the crane tipped, said Marvin Harris, operations manager with the city Parks & Recreation Department.

How the crane tipped was still under investigation Friday evening, but a possible brake failure is suspected. The company estimates that five gallons of hydraulic oil spilled but was quickly contained by its crew and responding firefighters. The company owns the damaged boat, Harris said.

The state Department of Ecology sent personnel to supervise the cleanup and to ensure more oil was not spilled when the crane and boat were removed, spokeswoman Katie Skipper said. Skipper said it was too early to determine if the company would be fined.

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