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July 26, 2007

(SitNews) - Salvage of the 61-foot landing craft Pegasus continued today in Lynn Canal approximately five miles north of Juneau. The vessel, which is still partially afloat, capsized yesterday near Sunshine Cove at approximately 11:30am.

The motor vessel (M/V) Pegasus, lost two containers and an excavator after overturning on its way to the Kensington Mine worksite Wednesday morning.

jpg Motor Vessel Pegasus

Coast Guard Sector Juneau responds Wednesday to a capsized landing craft near Lynn Canal approximately five miles north of Juneau.
USCG photo.

Gumption Leasing LLC, the owner of the craft, has assumed responsibility for directing the salvage operation under the close supervision of the Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Alocal salvage company, Trucano Construction, has been contracted to recover the containers and salvage the vessel.

After ensuring that the Pegasus's two-person crew was safe, the Coast Guard focused initially on minimizing the hazard posed by the two 20-foot containers of blasting material that had been aboard the barge. The containers spent the night on a beach near Sunshine Cove under guard and were transported to Kensington Mine this morning.

The Juneau Captain of the Port has issued a no-entry, safety zone around the accident scene Wednesday.

The Coast Guard reports that the focus now is on preventing the release of the 1200 gallons of diesel fuel still on board the vessel.


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