On Saturday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment salvaged a vessel that sank early Friday
morning in St. Herman Harbor. The FWS research vessel Arlluk was discovered by
the Harbormaster around 3:30 a.m. Upon discovery, a containment boom was
deployed around the vessel to minimize pollution.
Coast Guard MSD was notified and personnel arrived on-scene at 3:50 a.m. The wildlife
service contracted Lazy Bay LLC personnel help with refloating the 63-foot
Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVyst said the cause of the sinking is
still unknown, and the fish and wildlife service is leading the investigation.
He said there was reported to be about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel onboard
when the vessel sank.
Woods is a spokesperson for the wildlife service and said the vessel served as
an undercover drug boat before it was purchased by the FWS.
-- (Arlluk Sank 1 :47 “The Arlluk was … value of the
ship was $2.5 million.”)
Arlluk is owned by the Alaska Peninsula and
Becharof National Wildlife Refuges, and winters in Kodiak.