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Coast Guard responds to ammonia leak (Alaska Juris 80 miles north of Cold Bay)

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Date: May 10, 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard personnel are responding to reports of an ammonia leak and crewmembers suffering from ammonia exposure on the fishing vessel Alaska Juris 80 miles north of Cold Bay Thursday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter deployed on the Kodiak-based Coast Guard Cutter Munro are responding to the distressed vessel.

“We are sending multiple air assets to ensure the most efficient response possible,” said Lt. Lane Munroe, a watchstander at the 17th Coast Guard District command center. “Getting on scene quickly and assisting the crew of the vessel is our number one priority.”

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received the report of the ammonia leak at 12:38 p.m. and air assets are expected to arive on scene at 5 p.m.