Coast Guard monitoring grounded fishing vessel in Prince William Sound, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
VALDEZ, Alaska — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel are monitoring the salvage of the 65-foot fishing tender Hana Cove after the vessel was intentionally grounded on Culross Island in Prince William Sound, Thursday.

Hana Cove Fisheries, LLC, who owns the Hana Cove, contracted Alaska Marine Response, LLC out of Cordova to deploy boom around the vessel, remove the fuel aboard, and prepare a vessel salvage plan. Alaska Marine Response, LLC responders arrived on scene and began operations Friday afternoon.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were contacted by the crew of the Hana Cove who reported that the vessel had struck a rock which damaged the vessel’s fiberglass hull and caused the engine compartment and second hold to flood. The crew reported that pumps aboard the tender were unable to keep up with the flooding and they had beached the vessel on Culross Island.

The Coast Guard launched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova to assist. Good Samaritans on the nearby 28-foot fishing vessel AK 4 Star took the Hana Cove crew aboard and safely transported them to Whittier.

“With the crew of the Hana Cove safely ashore, our priority is the safety of the responders and preserving the integrity of the marine environment in Prince William Sound.” said Cmdr. Ben Hawkins, commanding officer, Marine Safety Unit Valdez. “MSU personnel will continue to monitor response efforts to ensure fuel removal and salvage of the vessel are conducted safely and efficiently.”

There are no reported signs of pollution in the water and the vessel remains tied to the beach. The Hana Cove, homeported in Falls Bay, was reportedly carrying approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 800 gallons of gasoline at the time of the grounding. There were no injuries and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

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