December 5th, 2010
02:38 PM ET

Tow vessel pulling disabled freighter to reach Alaskan harbor Tuesday

Rescuers towing a giant disabled freighter in frigid Alaskan waters were attempting to avoid bad weather on Sunday, a move that will delay its arrival in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the Coast Guard said.

The Tor Viking II vessel, towing the Golden Seas freighter, had "moved south a little bit" to avoid 20-foot seas and 30-knot winds, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Dana Warr said. The Tor Viking II's captain made the decision to loop below the Aleutian Islands, he said. The freighter is not expected to arrive in Dutch Harbor until Tuesday afternoon, he said Sunday.

The 738-foot Golden Seas suffered engine problems Friday morning and was chugging along at only 3 knots (3.5 mph). On Saturday night, the Tor Viking II vessel reached the Golden Seas and began towing it toward Dutch Harbor, a journey of about 275 miles, Warr said.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    in other news... i hit a dear and had to have my geo metro towed home. by a tow-truck cause it was disabled also.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    deer vs metro. i put my money on the deer, even if it went to bambi heaven. lol

    December 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    well it was a draw.. the metro died, but i hit the deer hard enough to launched it off the hiway and into the grass.

    December 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Queen

    It'll make it 2 Dubai soon! Shoo-wee!

    December 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Imagine if it were a full grown moose instead of a deer. Talk about a serious dent on that Metro.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Illll be baughhhhhk

    December 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. candy

    well ruff, maybe a nice american girl next time. we heal pain ... we're not fond of causing any.
    and a yea ... gotta watch out for those moose on the alaska highways .... they always win.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. candy

    never let your brother barrow your car.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |