December 12, 2004
Selendang Ayu response continues
A dramatic Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Gail Sinner released Sunday by the Selendang Ayu incident center shows a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter hovering over the 738-foot Selendang Ayu as a salvage team inspects the damage caused when the ship broke in two after grounding Wednesday night. The team was not able to get onto the bow half of the vessel, but was able to access most of the stern half. Five of six accessible holds have been breached. Three cargo holds containing soybeans, and the stern fuel tank all have small breaches. One hold appeared to be intact. The engine room has flooded even with the sea level.
Litlle hope now remains for six members of the vessel's crew lost when a Coast Guard rescue helicopter crashed Wednesday.
The latest situational reports on the incident can be accessed here http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/response/sum_fy05/041207201/041207201_index.htm