Crew repairs engines on freighter in North Pacific

By RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska–The crew of a crippled freighter adrift in the North Pacific has repaired its engines and the vessel is on its way to Portland, Oregon.

The Coast Guard says the crew of the India-flagged APG Suryavir informed them of the repairs Monday morning. A Coast Guard cutter and a private ship headed to the Suryavir about 540 miles (869 kilometers) southwest of Alaska’s Adak Island have been called off.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn says the Coast Guard will be in radio contact with the ship until it moors in Portland.

Shinn says no injuries were reported among the crew of 28, and the 740-foot (225-meter) bulk cargo ship never took on water. Waves were reported up to 30 feet (9 meters) while the ship was adrift.

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