Coast Guard continues response to grounded vessel 50 miles south of Valdez

JUNEAU, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew forward deployed to Cordova rescued two people who abandoned ship after their 65-foot passenger vessel ran aground at Hinchinbrook Entrance in Prince William Sound 50 miles south of Valdez at 3:52 a.m. Saturday.  Sector Anchorage command center personnel received a VHF-FM radio call from a crewmember aboard the vessel Lu Lu Belle reporting the ship had grounded with two crewmen aboard. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast GUard Photo

JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel surveyed the grounded vessel Lu Lu Belle and a contractor is en route from Port Etches to salvage the vessel near Hinchinbrook Entrance in Prince William Sound 50 miles south of Valdez Saturday.

MSU personnel reported the vessel’s two fuel tanks remain intact and no visible sheen has been reported. There is reportedly 400 gallons of diesel on board. R&R Diving has been contracted to carry out any pollution response and salvage of the vessel. They are en route from Port Etches with booming and salvage equipment and will arrive on scene today.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew forward deployed to Cordova rescued the two crew of the 65-foot passenger after Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center personnel received a call from them over VFH-FM radio reporting the grounding at 3:52 a.m. There were no injuries.

The Jayhawk crew departed Cordova at 4:21 a.m. and was able to safely land on the beach and rescue the two passengers at 5:40 a.m. The passengers were transported by the helicopter crew to Era Aviation at the Valdez airport by 6:15 a.m.

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