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The Coast Guard assisted the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ response to the disabled and abandoned fishing vessel Akutan near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Thursday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley assisted Alaska DNR by towing the Akutan to a scuttling site approximately three miles outside U.S. territorial seas where Resolve Marine personnel, contracted by the DNR, scuttled the vessel and conducted cleanup operations for debris in the water.

In early January, the DNR requested Coast Guard assistance in towing the Akutan to a scuttling site consistent with the EPA regulations. The state initially took action on the abandoned vessel under state statute AS 30.30 because it posed an emergency to life, property and the environment as it sat derelict, exposed to Bering Sea weather conditions. The Coast Guard declared the vessel an emergency and rendered assistance to the state upon its request.

“Following the fishing vessel Akutan’s arrival to Captains Bay in August, the Coast Guard coordinated with multiple agencies to remove environmental hazards from the vessel,” said Capt. Darran McLenon, 17th District chief of response. “Given the vessel’s condition and the tumultuous Bering Sea maritime environment this time of year, it was determined that the potential risks to life, property and the environment was an emergency situation for the state.” Read more

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The Coast Guard assisted the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ response to the disabled and abandoned fishing vessel Akutan near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Thursday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley assisted Alaska DNR by towing the Akutan to a scuttling site approximately three miles outside U.S. territorial seas where Resolve Marine personnel, contracted by the DNR, scuttled the vessel and conducted cleanup operations for debris in the water.