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Samson tug sinks in SE, responders search for spill


April 27, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Emergency responders have placed containment and absorbent booms near a tugboat that sank in southeast Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the Powhatan, owned by Samson Tug and Barge, sank Wednesday night while docked at Staffigavan Bay, about 7 miles north of Sitka.

The tug after it sank shifted downslope 1,083 feet, moving from a depth of 49 feet to 197 feet. Divers confirmed the location.

Samson estimates the tug carried 325 gallons of lube oil, 12 gallons of diesel and possibly sludge. Neither the amount released nor the cause of t...

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