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Coast Guard monitors sunken barge in Sitka

Crews worked Friday to deal with a barge that partially sank in Jamestown Bay.  (Photo: Ed Ronco/KCAW)

A 140-foot barge belonging to Allen Marine sank in Jamestown Bay on Friday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau received the report around 4:45 a.m. The Sitka Fire Department responded and set up dewatering pumps on the barge, but the pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding.

Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Erickson says the Coast Guard is monitoring the barge to make sure it doesn’t pose an environmental threat. He says the Coast Guard and Allen Marine are working to refloat it.

The barge is in approximately 15 feet of water. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution.

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