Coast Guard Responds to Grounded Vessel Near Zarembo Island, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel that ran aground early this morning 30 miles southwest of Wrangell.

At 2:25 a.m. this morning the motor vessel (M/V) Dolphin ran aground off Zarembo Island and has reportedly leaked an unknown amount of diesel fuel. The vessel has been refloated and is currently anchored. The motor vessel home ported out of Seattle has 34,000 gallons of #2 diesel aboard and is 174 feet in length

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit is on scene with the Dolphin. A rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka launched at first light to perform an over-flight to examine the extent of the spill.

The owner of the M/V Dolphin has contracted with the Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization (SEAPRO), to arrange for spill containment and divers to assess the damage of the ship.

The vessel has eight people on board and no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the incident is unknown.

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