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17th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 11, 2013

Marine Safety Unit Valdez

Contact: Lt. Allie Ferko

Office: (907) 835-7209

Coast Guard, State of Alaska monitoring grounding near Shoup Bay, Alaska

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Coast Guard personnel monitor the 65-foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, after it grounded near Shoup Bay, approximately four miles west of Valdez, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2013. The owner of the tender worked with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and State of Alaska personnel to minimize environmental impact. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Valdez)

Coast Guard personnel monitor the 65-foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, after it grounded near Shoup Bay, approximately four miles west of Valdez, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2013.

The owner of the tender worked with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and State of Alaska personnel to minimize environmental impact.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Valdez)

VALDEZ, Alaska — Coast Guard and State of Alaska personnel are monitoring a 65–foot fishing tender grounded near Shoup Bay, four miles west of Valdez, Sunday.

The owner of the 65–foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, is working with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and State of Alaska personnel to minimize environmental impact from the grounding and refloat the vessel.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a call Sunday morning from the crew of the Fate Hunter, reporting the vessel had run aground near Shoup Bay with four persons on board. The good Samaritan fishing vessel Akemi responded to the scene to assist and safely transported all four persons back to Valdez. No injuries or major structural damage to the vessel were reported.

“With the crew of the Fate Hunter safely ashore, the Coast Guard’s priority is the safety of responders and preserving the integrity of the marine environment in Port Valdez,” said Lt. Keyth Pankau, response department head, Marine Safety Unit Valdez. “We are working closely with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor response efforts.”

A slight sheen is reported in the vicinity of the fishing tender. At the time of the grounding, the Fate Hunter was carrying approximately 1,500 gallons of diesel, 300 gallons of hydraulic oil, 100 gallons of lube oil, and 150,000 pounds of fish.

The Fate Hunter is homeported in Astoria, Oregon.

For more information contact Lt. Allie Ferko at allison.e.ferko@uscg.mil, 907-835-7209 or cell 972-533-8185.

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