Fishing vessel Fate Hunter successfully refloated, towed to Cordova, Alaska

Downloading from DVIDS requires registration.[FONT=Times New Roman]VALDEZ, Alaska — After almost three months underwater, the fishing vessel Fate Hunter was successfully lifted, refloated and towed to Cordova Tuesday.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Following the grounding of the fishing vessel near Shoup Bay on Aug. 11, Alaska Marine Response and Alaska Chaudux deployed boom, removed all recoverable fuel, hydraulic and lube oils and stabilized the Fate Hunter in preparation for salvage operations to remove the vessel from the rock ledge on which it rested.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]In early September, with concurrence of state and federal agencies, Alaska Marine Response macerated and disposed of the Fate Hunter’s 150,000 pounds of salmon cargo to assist in lifting the vessel.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]A combination of significant weather and challenging topography prevented conventional methods of lifting and dewatering from being successful. With a favorable break in the weather and approval from the Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Global Diving and Salvage, Inc. utilized a crane aboard the deck barge Salvation to lift the Fate Hunter off the ocean floor on Oct. 25 so the vessel could be dewatered and refloated the following day.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]After a short weather delay, Alaska Marine Response utilized the tug Oswell Foss, with assistance from the fishing vessels Alena K and Chilkat, to successfully tow the Fate Hunter to Cordova.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]The Fate Hunter is homeported in Astoria, Ore. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.[/FONT]