Coast Guard Responding to Valdez Diesel Fuel Spill

├é┬áJUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are responding to a diesel fuel spill 25 miles south of Valdez.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. yesterday, the fishing vessel (F/V) Nordic Viking ran hard aground near Olsen Bay and Port Gravina prompting a Mayday call to the Coast Guard. All four crew members were safely transferred to a near by Good Samaritan fishing vessel.

Currently, one of the nine fuel tanks on board has been confirmed to be breached, and up to 3,500 to 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel has been leaked.

Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez, DEC, and contractors from the Alaska Chadux Corporation will be on scene this afternoon to conduct a complete assessment of the spill and coordinate a clean-up effort.

The F/V Nordic Viking is 127-foot vessel based out of Kodiak.

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