Landing Craft Beached
The 174 foot long United States Army Reserve landing craft Monterey was beached on Puffin Island near Kodiak, Alaska. The landing craft had struck an object tearing the hull and fuel tanks open. The crew quickly ran the vessel up onto the beach to avoid sinking. The two crew were safely rescued by the Coast Guard and were treated for minor injuries. Two booms were placed around the vessel to contain the pollution released into the water. Nearly 15,300 gallons of fuel was released into the water. An additional oil boom was placed near the mouth of the Buskin River as a precautionary measure. Reports state a skimmer vessel is to arrive on scene to remove the released fuel. The landing craft will remain on the beach until the remaining fuel can be removed. The Monterey was carrying heavy construction equipment to Bethel from California.
- Army landing craft beached in Alaska (upi.com)
- Ship aground on Puffin Island near Kodiak (juneauempire.com)
- 174-foot Army landing craft runs aground, spills fuel into Alaskan bay (usnews.msnbc.msn.com)