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Coast Guard cutter Storis, crew take Independence in tow


March 22, 2005

The Coast Guard cutter Storis took the 360-foot processor Independence in tow at about 7:45 this morning. They are transiting toward Cape Spencer and Juneau, Alaska.

The cutters Morgenthau and Storis arrived on scene today between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Weather delayed the cutters' arrival.

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360-foot processor Independence - View Video (22MB)
Courtesy USCG

The Kodiak-based C-130 crew departed the scene upon arrival of the first cutter, the Morgenthau.

Weather conditions changed significantly since last night. Winds are southerly at 14-knots. Seas are at 10-feet with swells to 12-feet. Visibility increased from one-and-one half miles to eight miles.

The tug Chahunta will relieve the Storis of the tow when they rendezvous. Officials aboard the Independence did not report any injuries among the 204-member crew.

The Seattle-based Independence requested Coast Guard assistance Monday after sustaining a steering casualty that left them adrift 95 miles south of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. Weather conditions at the time of the incident included 50-to-60 knot winds, 20-foot seas and blowing snow.

The Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau is a 378-foot cutter from Alameda, Calif. At 63 years of age, the Storis is the "Queen of the Fleet", the oldest Coast Guard cutter in service. Storis and its crew are based in Kodiak, Alaska.



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