Monday, December 6, 2010

Tor Viking Rescues Bulk Carrier Golden Seas

Deadliest Catch - You have no doubt seen a few episodes of the fishing reality show highlighting the perils of crab fishing in the Bearing Sea north of Alaska's Dutch Harbor.

Over the weekend a rescue tug called Tor Viking had set out to catch something a little bigger than a crab pot. On Friday a distress call went out from a bulk carrier named Golden Seas as she was being pushed steadily south by gale force winds. The 738-foot ship had lost power and was adrift while battling 30 foots seas and winds in excess of 50 mph.

KODIAK, Alaska - The 738-foot tanker Golden Seas makes 3.5 mph through 20-foot seas 50 miles north of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - The tug Tor Viking II moving at 12 mph through 20 foot seas and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010. The tug rendezvoused with the vessel Golden Seas about 5:30 p.m.Saturday and was able to begin towing the ship toward Dutch Harbor at 8:30 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

The bulk carrier Golden Seas is towed through rough seas in the Bering Sea by the Tor Viking II Dec. 5, 2010. The vessels are en route to Dutch Harbor transiting about 8 mph and are expected to arrive Tuesday if they are able to maintain their current speed and weather conditions remain favorable. Photo courtesy of Tor Viking II

At last report the tug and ship were being escorted but the USCG Cutter Alex Haley in route to Dutch Harbor. More details at the Alaska Dispatch which is here.

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