Vessel Grounding Prompts Salmon Hatchery Observation

The Coast Guard is closely watching the Main Bay Salmon Hatchery, 40 miles southeast of Whittier, following the nearby grounding of a fish tender in the Western Prince William Sound.  The Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a report Monday morning that the Raidawn was taking on water after hitting a rock in the area.  Coast Guard spokesperson Lieutenant Allie Ferko says the Good Samaritan vessel, Bipolar, was in the area to assist the Coast Guard.

She says two crew members were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew and taken to Cordova.

A 20-by-15- foot sheen was spotted in the area when the Raidawn was grounded.  The 49-foot vessel was carrying 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel and 500 gallons of gasoline at the time of the incident.

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