Drifting vessel makes repairs

Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A disabled cargo ship that was drifting in the North Pacific on Tuesday with two injured crew members on board made repairs and was continuing on its way to California, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

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The 938-foot Hyundai Confidence was moving at 9 knots and headed to Long Beach, said Lt. Charter Tschirgi with the Coast Guard in Juneau.

The ship ran into trouble about 880 miles south of Kodiak when a crane fell into the engine while the vessel was being tossed in heavy seas, said Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Mauldin.

The ship's crew made repairs to the lube oil pump, which controls the lube oil for the main engine, and was allowed to proceed to California, Tschirgi said.

The injuries to the two crew members were not considered life-threatening. One of the crew members has a broken arm and leg, and the other has a sprained ankle. The ship has its own medical personnel on board.

The Coast Guard did not know the specific cargo the container ship was carrying. However, the approximately 2,000 containers do not contain any hazardous materials, Tschirgi said.

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