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PV Bella Vita Sinking

Cochrane Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska | 2020-Apr-16

Initial Notification: On 15-Apr-2020, the 60’ P/V Bella Vita struck a submerged pinnacle rock in Cochrane Bay in Prince William Sound. The vessel captain was forced to abandon ship. The vessel sank in 800’ of water. The two passengers were rescued by a nearby good samaritan vessel. The Bella Vita has an estimated 700 gallons of diesel on board, along with a small amount of engine oil. No release or sheen has yet occurred. The Alaska DEC has requested NOAA to provide trajectory and fates analysis.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:diesel
Total amount at risk of spill: 700 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 60° 39.88′ North
Longitude (approximate): 148° 22.75′ West