Coast Guard responds to grounded fishing vessel in Wrangell Harbor Saturday

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard responded to the 58-foot fishing vessel Siren, which grounded with 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board in Wrangell Harbor early Saturday morning.

A crew member from the Siren contacted the Coast Guard Sector Juneau Rescue Coordination Center by VHF-FM radio to report the grounding and then safely made it to shore after disembarking from the Siren in a small motor vessel.

Personnel from the Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization in Wrangell placed boom around the vessel and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted an overflight and reported that there was no sheen.

Personnel will work with the tide levels to attempt to refloat the fishing vessel, the Coast Guard said. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the grounding is not known. The Coast Guard is investigating.

The Siren is home-ported in Petersburg and was en route from Petersburg to Wrangell during the grounding.

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