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Underwater divers moving around the sunken Princess Kathleen, in preparing to remove thousands of gallons of oil from the ship, are periodically stirring up silt and water near the vessel off Lena Point, causing oil to escape the ship's compartments.
The U.S. Coast Guard, in charge of the oil recovery effort, has placed booms around the site and is frequently monitoring the situation by air, sea and land, and has crews on hand to deal with any leakage.
The site is being cleaned up because oil had been escaping from the ship, which sank in 1952, and a remote operated vehicle and subsequent dive searches found parts of the ship were disintegrating, increasing the chance of a catastrophic release, according to Sector Juneau Commander Matt Jones.