Coast Guard responds to vessel sinking, fuel spill in Haines, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Juneau responded to a vessel sinking and fuel spill in Haines, Saturday.

The 76-foot fishing vessel Neptune sank while moored at the Haines Harbor E float with an estimated 2,000 gallons of fuel aboard.

Watchstanders at Sector Juneau received a report from the Haines harbormaster of the sunken vessel early Saturday. The harbormaster reported the vessel was discharging fuel and that boom had been placed around the vessel to contain the spill.

Sector Juneau response personnel were dispatched to Haines along with personnel from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The vessel’s owner is arranging for contractors to clean up and mitigate the potential effects of the spill.

“Our priorities are the safety of the responders and minimizing the impact to the surrounding environment,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson, Sector Juneau chief of incident management. “The Coast Guard will work with agency partners and the responsible party to ensure the fuel from the Neptune is removed and the vessel is recovered safely.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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