Unified Command Joint Information Center at (907) 433-3417
A U.S. Coast Guard flyover of the Conical Drill Unit (CDU) Kulluk indicated the vessel remains grounded but stable near Sitkalidak Island (north edge of Ocean Bay). The flight crew’s aerial inspection found no signs of a fuel spill from the vessel.
Two flyovers were conducted this morning using a Kodiak-based Coast Guard C-130 and a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter, also based in Kodiak. The second flight via the Jayhawk helicopter included a salvage team to further assess the situation from the air. Unified Command will continue to respond to the incident with the Kulluk south of Kodiak, Alaska.
The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley and an additional support vessel are standing by to assist as needed. Unified Command continues to implement contingency plans, including staging spill response equipment to the area.
The priorities for Unified Command continue to be the safety of personnel and the protection of the environment. Nearly 600 people are involved in the response.
Media inquiries should be directed to the Joint Information Center at 907-433-3417. Visit www.KullukResponse.com for more information, including photos, video and audio from the press conferences.
U.S. Coast Guard overflight of the Kulluk aground near Sitkalidak Island on Jan. 1, 2013. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.
|U.S. Coast Guard overflight of the Kulluk aground near Sitkalidak Island on Jan. 1, 2013. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.|