Response to sunken vessel in Valdez small boat harbor concludes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation and R and R Diving refloated the 60-foot pleasure craft Ginny Lee Monday in the Valdez small boat harbor and concluded clean-up operations on Tuesday.

Responders safely removed 130 gallons of oily water from two internal fuel tanks. The hull appears sound and the vessel is not taking on water.

The Coast Guard concluded the response at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after R and R Diving removed float bags used to raise the vessel, containment boom and nine marine batteries from the vessel.

The Ginny Lee was discovered partially submerged at the dock Saturday by the Valdez harbormaster who immediately reported it to the Coast Guard. Containment boom and sorbent pads were deployed within 35 minutes to control 50 gallons of diesel fuel and 45 gallons of lube oil reported aboard.

“Vessel owners are encouraged to closely monitor the condition of their vessels during these demanding and unpredictable weather patterns,” said Cmdr. Darryl Verfaillie, commander Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez.

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