3 Hurt in Ammonia Spill on Ship at Dutch Harbor
DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska – The tug Double Eagle tows the fish-processing vessel Excellence out of Dutch Harbor in response to an ammonia leak on the vessel July 7, 2012. The Excellence was towed to a mooring ball in Wide Bay to isolate it from the Unalaska community while safely being vented of the ammonia gases. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.
ALASKA - The 353-foot fishing vessel M/V Excellence, moored at Dutch Harbor, developed a significant ammonia leak on Friday, causing the evacuation of its 129 crew members.
Three were taken to a local medical facility and two were flown to Anchorage, both in stable condition. One was released on Saturday.
The Coast Guard and other agencies developed a unified command and towed the ship to Wide Bay Saturday evening to ensure the safety of the local community.
They say the leak poses no danger to the public.