Pleasure craft had over 400 gallons of fuel aboard
A 42-foot pleasure boat sank at its berth at the Valdez small boat harbor Saturday, just before it was slated for snow removal.
The Rivendell II, owned by Fairbanks couple Dan and Joanne Portwine, was refloated Tuesday by Valdez contractor R&R Diving.
“The Valdez Harbormaster notified the Coast Guard at 9:04 a.m. Saturday of the vessel sunk in its berth,” the US Coast Guard said in a press release.
R&R Diving was contracted by the vessel's caretaker, the Coast Guard said, and absorbent pads and boom were placed in the water around the vessel. Divers inspected the vessel Saturday and secured all fuel vents to prevent further fuel discharge into the harbor.
The boat had a reported 460 gallons of fuel onboard when it sank.
The official cause of the sinking is under investigation.
“A cause for sinking has yet to be determined,” the Coast Guard said before the vessel was refloated. “..the case is still under investigation by the Coast Guard.”
Lt. Allie Ferko, the Coast Guard’s public affairs officer in Valdez, was unavailable for comment on the status of the investigation as of Thursday morning.
Valdez experienced heavy snowfall Saturday morning, followed by heavy rains Sunday, which accumulated atop the mostly submerged boat.