Sunken, leaking fishing boat is tangled in seine net

Associated PressAugust 16, 2012 

SITKA -- A sunken fishing boat is tangled in its own seine net, resting at 390 feet of water 40 miles northwest of Sitka.

State environmental conservation officials say in a Wednesday release that crews cannot further assess the Evening Star until the net is removed.

The ship is too deep for current dive operations and further equipment will have to be brought in. Salvage may be possible after the net is removed.

The ship had been carrying about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and other oils when it sank in Slocum Arm on Aug. 2. Officials on Wednesday say minimal oil is surfacing from the ship. Sorbent boom remains in place in three nearby streams that were deemed critical salmon habitat.

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