Coast Guard responding to St. Joseph grounding

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and the owner of the fishing tender St. Joseph are working together to respond to the grounding of the vessel Saturday.

“We are working diligently with the owner of the vessel to develop salvage and response plans to recover the St. Joesph from the beach,” said Lt. Doreen McCarthy, command duty officer of Marine Safety Unit Valdez. “At this time there is no reported pollution.”

The St. Joseph was confirmed aground between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday between Yakutat and Kayak Island on the Gulf of Alaska. An overflight revealed that the vessel was on the beach and a vehicle and portable storage tank were dislodged from the aft deck of the vessel and thrown ashore. The St. Joseph reportedly has 1,400 gallons of diesel aboard and responders report that there are no signs of pollution at this time.

The Coast Guard will conduct further overflights of the vessel utilizing a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed from Kodiak to Cordova. In addition to developing salvage and response plans, personnel from MSU Valdez are working with the owner to determine the cause of the steering casualty.

The vessel suffered a steering casualty 52 miles southeast of Cordova in 20-foot seas Friday night prompting the crew to call the Coast Guard. The crew was rescued from the vessel by the Cordova-based Jayhawk helicopter crew. For more on the rescue please click here.

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