A giant freighter disabled in frigid seas near Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands could encounter waves as high as 26 feet as rescuers tow it Sunday.
The 738-foot Golden Seas suffered engine problems Friday morning and was chugging along at only 3 knots (3.5 mph). On Saturday night, the Tor Viking II vessel reached the Golden Seas and began towing it toward Dutch Harbor, U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Dana Warr said.
The journey — which stretches about 275 miles — is expected to take 30 hours.
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley is expected to meet the two vessels on Sunday morning, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
The 20-member crew and rescue officials were concerned about it running aground on Atka Island, but weather conditions have improved, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The Golden Seas was about 40 miles north of the island on Saturday night. Winds were expected to reach about 40 knots (46 mph) on Sunday.
“The safety of the crew is paramount. At the current time they are not in any danger,” Jeremy Michels, responsible party incident commander, said in a teleconference.
Read Full Story
Article courtesy cnn.com