4 crewmembers OK after tug sinks in Bering Sea
Sunday, June 26, 2011
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- The Coast Guard says four crew members are OK after their tugboat sank in the Bering Sea.
The four were able to don their survival suits and make it off the sinking tug Aries and onto the barge they were towing. The Coast Guard has dispatched a helicopter and diverted the Seattle-based icebreaker Healy, which is in the Bering Sea, to the scene 109 miles east of St. Paul Island.
A nearby fishing vessel, the Alaska Knight, is also en route and was expected to reach the barge by 11:10 a.m. local time.
The weather on scene is reported as 29 mph winds, 11-foot seas and a water temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit.
The tug Aries is owned by C&K Marine based out of Anchorage and reportedly has 29,000 gallons of diesel on board.