KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fish-processing barge collided with a cargo ship near Seattle over the weekend and had to be towed to shallow water to keep it from sinking.
The 195-foot barge Lucky Buck, owned by Signature Seafoods of Seattle and used by the Southern Southeast Aquaculture Association, was struck by the 166-foot Bowfin in Admiralty Inlet, officials said.
The Bowfin was overtaking the barge when the two collided Saturday, opening a 5-by-12-foot hole in the Lucky Buck, said Aquaculture Association General Manger John Burke.
No one was injured.
The barge was stabilized and will be towed to a shipping yard, Burke said. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
The Lucky Buck processes about 220,000 pounds of salmon per day during the summer season.
The Aquaculture Association is midway through a 10-year contract with Signature Seafoods for use of the processing barge.
''It definitely is our hope that Signature will be there,'' Buck said. ''But it may be necessary for us to find an alternative. We are going to try and figure this out in the course of this week. We are definitely under the gun.''
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