Coast Guard responds to disabled cargo ship

12/08/2010 – Coast Guard aircrews were launched from Air Station Kodiak in response to a report that the Golden Seas had lost propulsion and was drifting but the crew of the vessel reported to a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew that they had regained propulsion and were waiting on a tug to escort them to Dutch Harbor when the airecrew arrived and made contact with the vessel captain.

Credit photos and text: USCG Pacific Area, December 4th, 2010

  • Photo one shows the 738-foot tanker Golden Seas making 3.5 mph through 20-foot seas 50 miles north of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010.
  • Photo two shows Lt. Kerri Merklin, an HC-130 Hercules pilot from Air Station Kodiak preparing to punch through the cloud cover at 20,000 feet en route to check on the 738-foot tanker Golden Seas reported adrift 70 miles northeast of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010. In the time it took for the Hercules to reach the vessel from Kodiak it had drifted 15 miles from the initially reported position but reported to the aircrew they had regained propulsion and were making 3.5 mph.
  • The third photo shows Lt. Jon Bartel, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot from Air Station Kodiak, reviewing sling load procedures for delivering an emergency vessel towing system to vessels from helicopters while transiting to Adak in a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft Dec. 3, 2010.
  • The final photo shows an emergency vessel towing system strapped down in the rear of a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak Dec. 3, 2010.

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