Three people have been treated for inhalation of ammonia vapors leaking from a Seattle-based fishing vessel as it was docked in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor.
Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill says the slow leak is believed to be coming from a tank holding up to 5,000 pounds of ammonia. The entire cooling system on the 353-foot Excellence contains 20,500 pounds.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – notified of the spill Saturday afternoon – says the vessel has been towed more than 7 miles to Wide Bay.
Fothergill says it will be a couple days before the cause and source of the leak can be investigated because the ammonia spill continues.
The three people treated were on board the vessel. Two were transported in stable condition for further treatment in Anchorage.
- SueAnn Lindoff is in charge of the new youth tribal court program. She hopes it will start taking youth in a few weeks, a student or two at a time.
- Sen. Dan Sullivan said visiting communities in Alaska, and hearing directly from constituents, helps keep him inspired in the Senate. It also helps him know what’s important to Alaskans in those individual communities.
- It appears a proposed Skagway raptor tour that has drawn resistance from some in the community will be able to move forward. Alaska Mountain Guides is partnering with the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines to bring a raptor tour to the Liarsville neighborhood in Skagway.
- Alaska Division of Homeland Security and the Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee hosted the event featuring earthquake simulator located in downtown Juneau.