Five saved from drifting Alaska vessel

Feb. 9, 2011 at 12:33 AM
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KODIAK, Alaska, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday all five crewmen were rescued from a fishing boat that broke down and ran aground in an Alaska gale.

A helicopter flying off the cutter Morgenthau hoisted the crew of the TerriGail to safety after the cutter was unable to connect a tow line to the 58-foot vessel as it was battered by 50-mile-per-hour winds and heavy seas.

The California-based Morgenthau was unable to prevent the TerriGail from being pushed ashore on Unalaska Island Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate sign of any leakage of the 800 gallons of diesel aboard the long-line fishing boat, but aircraft would be keeping an eye on the stricken vessel overnight, the Coast Guard said in a written statement.

The rescue operation began early Tuesday when the TerriGail radioed it had suffered a mechanical failure and was adrift without power or engines.

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