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.
Independence - View
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
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
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.
Coast Guard continues to assist Independence;
325-foot fish processing ship lost steering and began drifting - A Coast Guard C-130 is on scene
this evening with the Independence and Coast Guard cutters are
continuing to the vessel's position. The 325-foot fish processing
ship lost steering and began drifting earlier today in the Gulf
of Alaska. - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005 - 7:35 pm
Coast Guard rushing to save hundreds
aboard drifting ship
- Crews aboard two Coast Guard cutters and a C-130 aircraft are
rushing to assist 204 fishers aboard a 325-foot fish processing
ship drifting aimlessly in the Gulf of Alaska at this hour. (1:00
pm AST) - More...
Monday - March 21, 2005 - 1:05 pm
Source of News:
United States Coast Guard
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