Grounded vessel cleared of fuel, Coast Guard says

July 31, 2010 

PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND -- The Coast Guard said all fuel has been removed from a grounded fishing vessel in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

The Seattle-based Cape Cross had a capacity of 3,000 gallons but was not full when it tipped on its side in Main Bay on Monday, the Coast Guard said.

Crews have removed 1,200 gallons of fuel from the 100-foot vessel. Another 600 gallons was recovered from the surrounding water by skimming and using absorbent and boom.

Divers have confirmed that all fuel has been removed from the vessel and salvage operations are scheduled to begin today.

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