Tug grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound

Posted: Friday, December 25, 2009

VALDEZ - A 136-foot tug doing an ice survey in Prince William Sound grounded on Bligh Reef and two of its fuel tanks were damaged. The Coast Guard is responding.

The fuel tanks contain an estimated 33,500 gallons, about a quarter of their total capacity.

The Coast Guard says the tugboat Pathfinder's crew deployed 200-feet of fuel containment booms around the vessel after clearing the reef and continuing to deeper waters Wednesday evening.

The Pathfinder is a Crowley Marine Services docking and escort tug for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System Tankers.

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