Regulators say 2 boats sink in Alaska bay

Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after heavy snow.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 100-foot-by-100-foot sheen was spotted around the site where the boats sank sometime between Monday night and Tuesday in Jakolof Bay, 12 miles south of Homer. The sinking was discovered by occupants of a passing vessel Tuesday afternoon.

Steven Russell with the DEC says the boats were anchored together and lying on top each other, making one visible.

The DEC says the owner of the boats estimates the vessel Leading Lady had about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and 35 gallons of hydraulic fluids and lube oils on board, while the vessel Kupreanof had none.

Area oyster farm owners have been notified.

12/27/2012 - 5:27am