Alaska fishing boat sinks, Coast Guard directs cleanup

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KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is leading cleanup efforts after a fishing vessel sank in a harbor in southern Alaska, releasing an unknown amount of marine diesel and other petroleum products.

The Peninsula Clarion reports the 71-foot Nordic Viking boat sank for unknown reasons last week in Seward Harbor.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has estimated that the vessel contained up to 700 gallons of marine diesel in the hull tanks and 50 gallons of gasoline in the deck tank.

The Coast Guard has hired an oil spill response organization to address the spill.

The Coast Guard says no additional discharges have been reported and there are no hazards to wildlife.

The state says sea lions and sea otters have been spotted in the vicinity.

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