The tug Pathfinder with boom to corral spilled fuel. USCG photo
Here's some quick update items from the U.S. Coast Guard on the grounding of the tug Pathfinder on Blight Reef in Prince William Sound:
• A dive team found extensive hull damage, with a section of the keel missing.
• Alcohol testing of all six crewmembers was completed with negative results.
• The Pathfinder is still anchored and boomed south of Busby Island.
• The Valdez Star, an oil response vessel, is skimming the water in the vicinity of a light silver diesel sheen. The sheen is a mile or so east of Glacier Island and is three miles long and 30 yards wide.