Freighter adrift in gale off Alaska

Dec. 3, 2010 at 7:04 PM

KODIAK, Alaska, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said it dispatched two of its cutters and a pair of helicopters to assist a disabled cargo ship in stormy waters off Alaska Friday.

The 738-foot freighter Golden Seas was reported adrift after its main engine stalled shortly before dawn 70 miles north of Adak.

Two MH-60 helicopters were ordered to the scene along with the cutters Spar and Alex Haley. Gale warnings were in effect around Adak with 50 mph winds and 29-foot seas predicted, the Coast Guard said in a written statement.

The Liberian-flagged Golden Seas has 20 people aboard and a cargo of canola seeds, fuel oil and diesel fuel. The ship's point of origin and destination were not reported.

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