Research vessel Arluk sinks

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Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak team is cooperating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because of the sinking of the FWS research vessel Arluk in St. Herman's Harbor, Kodiak, Friday.
This kind of vessels are used for transporting wildlife researchers watching seabirds and for helping them to remote camps, information from the Coast Guard. The reason for the sinking is not known.
The ship was found by a Kodiak Harbormaster at 3:30 a.m. and acted quickly by deploying containment boom around the Arluk to avoid pollution.
"We are working with federal and local partners to quickly respond to the situation and minimize any impact from the sinking," told Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Stixrud, a pollution investigator with MSD Kodiak. "Protecting Alaska's pristine maritime environment is a priority for the Coast Guardsmen who work and live here."
It is known that onboard the vessel have 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel.