Coast Guard responds to grounded fishing vessel in Bainbridge Passage, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
VALDEZ, Alaska —  Coast Guard personnel responded to an 81-foot fishing vessel grounded in Bainbridge Passage in Prince William Sound, Friday.

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak conducted an overflight of the fishing vessel Savannah Ray late Friday morning. At approximately 2:00 p.m., the fishing vessel successfully refloated on the incoming tide and is currently enroute to Seward, Alaska.

“The Coast Guard’s priorities in this incident are ensuring the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment,” said Mr. Mike McNeil, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “Sector Anchorage, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez, and our state agency partners will continue to monitor the Savannah Ray’s transit for signs of distress or pollution until they successfully reach Seward.”

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Anchorage received a call from the crew of the Savannah Ray Friday morning reporting the vessel had run aground with 8000 gallons of diesel, 150 gallons of hydraulic oil, 60 gallons of fuel oil and 150,000 lbs. of fish on board.  Minimal damage to the vessel’s bow was reported and there were no injuries or signs of pollution.

Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel worked closely with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Alaska Department of Fish and Game to monitor the situation for threats of pollution.

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