July 24, 2006
Cargo ship taking on water in north Pacific
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard is
trying to rescue a crew of 23 people aboard a cargo ship taking
on water and listing severely in the north Pacific Ocean, the
agency said on Monday.
The Singapore-based Cougar Ace, a container ship carrying
cars, called for help late Sunday night, the Coast Guard said
in a news release.
said Coast Guard Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie.
The Coast Guard and other vessels are focused on rescuing
the crew members, one of whom has a broken leg, the Coast Guard
said. The crew has been gathered at the ship's bridge and is
waiting for a rescue, according to McKenzie.
The ship is located 230 miles south of Alaska's Aleutian
Island chain. A Coast Guard cutter and a C-130 aircraft were on
the way to aid the Cougar Ace, the Coast Guard said.
The 654-foot (199.3-meter) ship is also carrying about 500
tons of heavy oil, some of which is leaking and leaving a
2-mile sheen behind the vessel, McKenzie said.