Vessel aground in Gulf of Alaska

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 539-foot ship remained aground in Icy Bay Sunday, after efforts to pull the vessel free during low tide failed.

The Pacsun, operated by Lasco Shipping Co., ran aground Friday night in soft mud northwest of Yakutat. Officials with the Coast Guard and Department of Environmental Conservation said there were no reports of injuries or pollution resulting from the incident.

''Only the back part is on the mud. The rest is floating,'' Coast Guard spokesman Mark Hunt said.

The vessel is carrying 176-thousand gallons of fuel. Absorbent boom was being placed around the ship as a precaution.

The Pacsun was carrying about three tons of logs bound for Japan and Korea when it got stuck. Crews worked Sunday to unload logs to help refloat the vessel, Hunt said. Additional tug boats were being sent to the site. During the attempt to free the vessel Sunday morning, a tow line broke.

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