(Initial USCG News Release)
June 26, 2011
Coast Guard, good Samaritan responding to sunken tug east of St. Paul Island
KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard is responding to a report of the 68-foot tug Aries taking on water with four crewmembers aboard 109 miles east of St. Paul Island Sunday.
Communication Station Kodiak watchstanders received the initial notification from the crew of the Aries at 6:11 a.m. reporting the vessel was taking on water and the crew was donning their survival suits. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting any vessels in the area assist the Aries crew if possible.
The Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to respond. They also diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, currently in the Bering Sea, to the scene.
The Hercules crew arrived on scene at about 9:30 a.m. and confirmed the tug has sunk and the four crew are safely aboard the barge they were towing. The 29-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Alaska Knight was in the area and responded to the UMIB and is expected to arrive on scene at 11:10 a.m. The helicopter and Healy crews are still en route.
The weather on scene is reported as 29 mph winds, 11-foot seas and a water temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit.
The tug Aries is owned by C&K Marine based out of Anchorage and reportedly has 29,000 gallons of diesel on board.
(Second USCG News Release)
June 26, 2011
KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued the four crewmembers of the tug Aries from their barge 109 miles east of St. Paul Island Sunday afternoon after the 68-foot tug sank in the Bering Sea.
The helicopter rescue crew arrived on scene at about 1:34 p.m. and hoisted the crewmembers. They were safely flown to St. Paul Island with no reported injuries. The crew was able to transfer from the Aries to the barge before the tug sank.
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel are investigating the cause of the sinking and are working with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel and the vessel's owner, C&K Marine based out of Anchorage, to salvage the tug and address any environmental concerns. There is reportedly 29,000 gallons of diesel on board.
An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew, dispatched to relieve the Hercules aircrew that arrived on scene at 9:30 a.m., reported a 1,500 foot by 800 foot diesel sheen in the vicinity of the barge and sunken tug. The crew of the 29-foot good Samaritan vessel Alaska Knight is on scene and the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and crew are also en route to render assistance if needed.
The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 29 mph winds, 11-foot seas and a water temperature of 46 degrees.
(Third USCG News Release)
June 27, 2011
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KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard, State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and C&K Marine are working jointly to address the environmental impact and response efforts concerning the sinking of the 68-foot tug Aries Monday.
The three parties evaluated the pollution threat in coordination with environmental experts and determined there is minimal environmental impact at sea and no environmental threat to Alaskan shorelines. Their decision to recover the Aries and any oil products on board will take into account a pending assessment of the tug and the safety risks involved with potential salvage operations. The tug has approximately 29,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 240 gallons of lube oil and 68 gallons of hydraulic oil on board the Aries. The owner of the tug is responsible for salvage and response operations.
The 94-foot tug Blarney, homeported out of Naknek, is scheduled to recover the barge around 7 p.m. and tow it to Nome.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued the four crewmembers of the tug Aries from their barge 109 miles east of St. Paul Island Sunday after the tug sank in the Bering Sea. The weather on scene was reported as 29 mph winds, 11-foot seas and a water temperature of 46 degrees.