A harbor master discovered a sunken U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vessel in a Kodiak harbor early Friday morning, according to the Coast Guard, which is investigating the sinking.
The harbor master at St. Herman's Harbor noticed the 63-foot Arluk under water about 3:30 a.m. Friday and set up containment boom around it, the Coast Guard said in a written statement. A salvage company, Lazy Bay, plugged openings on the Arluk and is contracted to refloat the ship. It remained submerged Friday afternoon, said Bruce Woods, a spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service.
So far, it's unclear what caused the Arluk to sink, Woods said.
"That we do not know yet. And, as I understand it, they probably won't know until the ship is raised," Woods said. "It's a mystery to everybody at this point."
The Arluk carried about 1,500 gallons of diesel, according to the Coast Guard. Woods said workers reported roughly 10 gallons had spilled.
The Arluk is typically used to transport wildlife observers, most often for viewing seabirds, and for transporting personnel to remote camps, Woods said.
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By CASEY GROVE