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Originally published March 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM | Page modified March 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

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Fish processing vessel grounds on Kodiak Island

A fish processing vessel went hard aground in a narrow passage between Kodiak and Spruce islands, and responders in Alaska say the crew likely won't be able to refloat it until higher tides return next week.

Associated Press

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska —

A fish processing vessel went hard aground in a narrow passage between Kodiak and Spruce islands, and responders in Alaska say the crew likely won't be able to refloat it until higher tides return next week.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the 169-foot Pacific Producer grounded on Kodiak Island in 9-foot tides early Friday.

DEC officials say the vessel, homeported in Seattle, sustained a 10-inch crack in the hull wall of a water tank. No one was injured and no fuel spilled.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding. Petty Officer Sara Francis says the crew tried at least twice to refloat the processor in lower tides, but was unsuccessful.

DEC state on-scene coordinator Steve Russell says crews are working on repairing the hull.

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