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Ship Capsizes Off the Coast of Alaska

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posted on Jul, 25 2006 @ 03:40 PM
A car carrier ship began to list badly off the coast of Alaska. Eventually it began to take on water and leaking fuel. forcing the crew to send out a S.O.S., summoning the US Coast Guard who picked up all the 23 crew members. The Singapore ship was carrying 4,800 cars at the time.
The Cougar Ace sent a distress call on Sunday night some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of the Aleutian Islands, after leaving Japan Saturday on its way to Vancouver, Canada.

The ship, said the Coast Guard, was listing 80 degrees, taking on water and leaking fuel. "There's a two mile (3.2 kilometer) sheen behind" the vessel, said Coast Guard spokesman Thomas McKenzie.

It remained uncertain what caused the ship, built in 1993, to list.

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Could this be another potential environmental problem for the Alaskan coasline? 4,800 cars with oil and gas in them plus however many tons of fuel and oil the ship is carrying. In the quote above there already is a 2 mile slick behind the ship.

[edit on 30-7-2006 by UM_Gazz]

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