July 25, 2006

Crew rescued from cargo ship in North Pacific

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Helicopters hoisted
the crew of a Canada-bound cargo ship to safety late on Monday
after it nearly capsized south of Alaska's Aleutian Islands,
the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.

Singapore-based Cougar Ace, a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines ship
carrying 4,813 vehicles, issued a distress call Sunday after it
began taking on water in the North Pacific.

The cause of the mishap was not known.

The U.S. Coast Guard said two helicopters were needed to
remove the 23 crew members from the vessel. The crew, one of
whom had suffered a broken leg, were taken to Alaska and were
reported to be in good condition.

The ship left Japan on July 22, and was scheduled to arrive
at Fraser River Port, near Vancouver, on Friday, officials

Photographs from the scene, about 230 miles south of the
Aleutian Island chain, showed that the 654-foot (199-meter)
ship had rolled almost entirely on to its side.