Boat sinks at Statter Harbor

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Docks and Harbors reports that staff has responded to several sinking vessels over the weekend, and say one has sunk.

    The 35-foot wooden-hulled power trawler "Angela Kay" sank at Statter Harbor over the new years weekend. The boat has been inoperable for a year, it last ran about six to eight months ago, according to Acting Harbormaster John Osborn.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil said they had received word of the vessel sinking from a good samaritan.

    "Staff received a report from good Samaritans and came down and witnessed the vessel parting its lines and sinking," he said. "The Coast Guard was notified, the National Response Center was notified, and so we believe the Angela Kay is currently on the bottom of statter harbor. It'll be a Coast Guard call to determine if that vessel gets raised or not."

    Osborn said that since it sank in about 95 to 120 feet of water, it would be a challenge recovering the vessel.

    "The oil and the debris that was apparent on the water after the sinking was collected by harbor staff and by a Good Samaritan there, in statter harbor. A boom was placed, we put out an oil absorbent boom around the active visible oil sheen that was on the water, and I'm working closely with the Department of Environmental Conservation and US Coast Guard oil spill response right now."

    In the meantime, Uchytil says it is all hands on deck with some of their seasonal staff called in to help at the docks for removing snow around hydrants to access to the harbors, to the parking lots in the harbors, to the floats being cleared. "There's just a lot of effort throughout the harbor system to provide safe facilities the best we can given the circumstance," he said.

    With the high winds, snow, and cold weather, they continue urging residents to attend to their vessels

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