Fishing vessel grounded in wetlands; Coast Guard sees no pollution danger

It's the third time in two years that Rosa Lee has slipped its anchor

Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006

A 33-foot fishing vessel that slipped its anchor in the Gastineau Channel this week poses no danger to the Mendenhall wetlands where it grounded, Coast Guard officials said Thursday.

The Rosa Lee has been rising and falling with the tide since Monday in the wetlands, where it has been an object of curiosity for motorists passing on Egan Drive.

Coast Guard specialists investigated the derelict fiberglass vessel to see whether its tanks have been leaking. No fuel was found, and there was no danger of pollution in the environmentally sensitive area, the service said.

Nor did the vessel pose a navigation hazard, they said. It was re-anchored at the site, nearly submerged by recent high tides.

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It was the third time in two years that the Rosa Lee has gone adrift, according to the Coast Guard.

The vessel's owner, who wasn't identified by name, is out of town.

The Coast Guard, however, got in touch with a representative of the owner, who said the boat would be towed out of the wetlands when the tides and weather permitted.

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