Friday, January 30, 2009
Investigators say a ship pilot's quick action helped avoid disaster after a tanker lost power as it passed under the Golden Gate Bridge.Capt. Dave McCloy had just minutes to stop the Overseas Cleliamar from crashing into the Marin Headlands cliffs. He quickly dropped anchor—the only thing he could do without any power or steering.The 741-foot oil tanker was briefly stranded near the bridge Tuesday night. The Coast Guard says no injuries or pollution resulted from the incident. In November 2007, another ship, the Cosco Busan, rammed into a Bay Bridge support tower, leading to a major oil spill.