Two tugboats sink at Hoonah dock

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2000

HOONAH (AP) -- Two tugboats sank over the weekend, spilling about 250 gallons of diesel fuel.

The mishap occurred Saturday at a dock owned by Whitestone Logging Camp at Hoonah Island, the Coast Guard in Juneau said Monday.

It is believed that one of the vessels lost a hull fitting and sank, dragging the second vessel down with it. No one was aboard either tugboat.

A boom was placed around the site to keep diesel fuel from spreading beyond the vessels. Divers also were called in to seal all fuel vents on the tugboats, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Crews were able to raise the 58-foot OB-1 on Sunday. Divers placed straps around the other tugboat, the 67-foot Rocona II, on Monday in preparation for raising the vessel. The tugboats contain over 2,600 gallons of diesel and lubricating oils.

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