Grounded fishing vessel lost over 4,000 gallons of fuel

AFOGNAK ISLAND -- The 86-foot fishing vessel Midnight Sun spilled an estimated 4,670 gallons of diesel fuel and oils after grounding on Afognak Island just after midnight Feb. 11, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.

Most of the spill -- 4,000 to 4,500 gallons -- involved diesel, the DEC said. The vessel also was carrying about 200 gallons of lube and hydraulic oil, of which 30 gallons have been recovered, the agency said.

The Coast Guard is investigating why the boat ran aground.

After the petroleum salvage work was done, the DEC concluded last weekend that no more petroleum could be recovered from the boat.

Anchorage Daily News /