Capsized Landing Craft Successfully Salvaged

JUNEAU, Alaska – A private salvage team succeeded last night in safely dewatering the 61-foot landing craft Pegasus, which capsized Tuesday morning in Lynn Canal while carrying a load of freight north toward Kensington Mine. The vessel had remained partially submerged off of Sunshine Cove for two days while salvage crews and divers recovered the freight and refloated the vessel.

Though commercial divers were able to plug the engine vents soon after the accident, the risk of release of 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel still aboard the stricken vessel drew the close scrutiny of Coast Guard and State of Alaska officials. Now that the vessel has been refloated and dewatered, the risk of a fuel spill is negligible. The salvers towed the Pegasus to the dock at Yankee Cove, where the fuel will be off-loaded under the supervision of the Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The vessel’s two-man crew escaped the incident without injury. The vessel was carrying an excavator and two 20-foot shipping containers of explosives. The excavator sunk in 200 feet of water, but the two 20-foot shipping containers floated and were recovered with no damage. Both containers were transported to Comet Beach for use by the mine.

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