Hotel Kasitsna: NCCOS Lodges Coast Guardsmen Raising Storm-sunk Boats
A 5-foot snowfall created a snowy winter wonderland just before Christmas near the NationaláCenters for Coastal Ocean Science Kasitsna Bay Laboratory in south-central Alaska. However, the heavy snow also sank two old, 50-foot fishing vessels in nearby Jakolof Bay, when one vesselácapsized on top of the other. The U.S. Coast Guard oversaw salvage operations in mid-Januaryáto raise the vessels, but the complicated effort took four days to accomplish.
Kasitsna BayáLaboratory supported the salvage effort by providing housing for the Coast Guard crew, which enabledáthem to stay near the operations rather than having to return across Kachemak Bay to their baseáeach day. Removing the sunken boats prevented more diesel oil from leaking into the bay andáthreatening to contaminate local oyster farms.
For more information, read this article in the Homer Tribune.