Monday, December 21, 2009
The Coast Guard says an India-flagged bulk cargo freighter with a failed engine is adrift in the North Pacific, being tossed about by stormy seas. Coast Guard Lt. Nate Johnson says the 740-foot ship has no cargo on board, making it unstable in the 30-foot seas about 540 miles southwest of Alaska's Adak Island.The Coast Guard is heading to the APJ Suryavir and Johnson says it is expected to reach the vessel early Sunday evening and will drop supplies including food and water. He says there are no reports of injuries among the 28 people on board. The ship ran into engine problems several days ago, but radioed for help only when the weather turned bad. The registered owner of the vessel is Apeejay Shipping LTD.