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Heavy Snow Loads Sinking Vessels; Juneau, AK

Juneau, AK | 2024-Jan-24

Initial Notification: On January 24, 2024, USCG Sector Southeast Alaska reported they were responding to eight sunken vessels in/near Juneau, AK. The vessels are in Harris and Aurora Harbors near downtown Juneau and Statter Harbor in Auke Bay. The vessel sinkings are attributed to the heavy snow loads. Juneau has received over 28 inches of snow since Sunday, 1/21/2024. Sector SEAK requested assistance from the SSC to initiate an emergency Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Latitude (approximate): 58° 18.36′ North
Longitude (approximate): 134° 25.98′ West