By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
5:19 AM AKST, December 27, 2012
Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after a heavy snow.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 100-foot-by-100-foot sheen was spotted around the site where the boats sank sometime between Monday night and Tuesday in Jakolof Bay, 12 miles south of Homer. The sinking was discovered by occupants of a passing vessel Tuesday afternoon.
Steven Russell with the DEC says the boats were anchored together and lying on top of each other, making one visible.
The DEC says the owner of the boats estimates the vessel Leading Lady had about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and 35 gallons of hydraulic fluids and lube oils on board, while the vessel Kupreanof had none.
Area oyster farms have been notified.
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