Fishing vessel Polar Star refloated and enroute Kodiak

JUNEAU, Alaska – The crew of the 58-foot Kodiak-based fishing vessel Polar Star was able to repair the hull and refloat the vessel in Geographic Harbor around 12 a.m. Friday after running aground Tuesday morning in Shelikof Strait.

The Polar Star crew reported to Coast Guard Sector Anchorage that their vessel had gone aground on the southern side of the Alaskan Peninsula 65-miles west of Kodiak. The Polar Star was moved to the shelter of Geographic Harbor where the crew then intentionally grounded the vessel on the beach at high tide to be able to make a temporary repair to the hull at low tide.

Lightering operations were conducted Thursday removing approximately 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel from the Polar Star to help refloat the vessel.

With temporary repairs complete, the Polar Star is being towed from Geographic Harbor to Kodiak by the crew aboard the fishing vessel Atlantico. The Polar Star is scheduled to arrive at the port in Kodiak Friday evening where further repairs to the hull will be made.

The cause of the grounding is not known but Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak will be investigating.

The Polar Star is a seiner fishing vessel and can carry up to 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. No pollution or injuries have been reported.

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