Winter Storm Sinks Boats In Kodiak Harbor

In Kodiak, several inches of heavy wet snow closed several roads, flooded intersections and shut down the airport. All the morning flights were canceled because of water on the runway. It also sank three boats in the harbor.

Harbormaster Marty Owen says that even self-bailing boats- which allow precipitation to run off the deck into the harbor- are at risk of sinking during weather like this.

Owen says that there are still quite a few boats that are listing. If not dealt with quickly, they could be damaged or cause damage to surrounding vessels.

When a boat sinks, the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment is called. They check for pollution and make sure that if there is a mess, it gets cleaned up. Of the three boats, only one leaked about a gallon of oil.

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