Fire temporarily disables Coast Guard cutter in turbulent seas

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2001

CORDOVA (AP) -- An electrical fire cut power temporarily to a Coast Guard cutter, causing the crew to lose control of the vessel in stormy seas in the Gulf of Alaska.

One of the Sedge's crew suffered back and neck injuries from a fall in the ship's hold. Winds were gusting nearly 60 mph at the time of Thursday's mishap. Seas were running 25 feet.

The vessel was without power for about an hour and a half.

The Sedge is a 180-foot buoy tender based at Homer. It was en route to Valdez early Friday to transfer the injured crew member to a hospital and to undergo repairs.

Two Coast Guard vessels assisted in restoring power to the Sedge. The fire was confined to a switchboard, Coast Guard Lt. David Arritt said. Its cause is under investigation.

The incident occurred about 100 miles south of Cordova.

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