Work begins to recover sunken Tacoma ship

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Crews have started the process of recovering a 167-foot derelict vessel that sank in Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway in January.

Ecology spokeswoman Linda Kent says a crane on Wednesday pulled the Helena Star up for officials to examine and set it back down again. Dive crews also inspected the vessel.

Officials are assessing the next steps. The Coast Guard is overseeing the vessel's raising and will determine whether there's a threat of an oil spill or release of hazardous materials.

The vessel will eventually be towed to a dry dock in Seattle where it will be dismantled and disposed of.

Kent says it's a slow, deliberative process that could take days or weeks.

The Helena Star sunk on Jan. 25, spilling nearly 600 gallons of diesel and lube oil from the vessel spilled into the waterway