Recovery efforts for grounded tug near Sitka continue

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Recovery efforts for a tugboat that grounded hard and breached a fuel tank while bound for Sitka Monday continue.

Hundreds of gallons of diesel have been recovered from the water, and the damaged fuel tank has been pumped out, said Coast Guard public affairs specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Ali Blackburn.

“As of yesterday afternoon, they had recovered 850 gallons of diesel from the water,” Blackburn said. “They had managed to remove all the fuel from that specific tank so there’s no more fuel in that specific tank.”

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The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. on Monday in the Neva Strait, approximately

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