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Crippled Container Ship Back in Tow

January 3, 1995

SEATTLE (AP) _ A crippled container ship was back in tow Monday, two days after the steel cable that was dragging it to port snapped and left the vessel adrift in 15-foot seas.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the 797-foot Hyundai Seattle was expected to arrive in Port Angeles early Tuesday.

The ship, operated by Hyundai America, is to be inspected in port and then be taken to Seattle, said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Harry Millan.

The cable snapped in heavy seas Saturday, about 150 miles west of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

When the cable broke, it struck the tugboat’s chief mate. He was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital in British Columbia for treatment of leg cuts and a broken collarbone.

The crew of the tug Smit Singapore reattached the towline Sunday evening, Millan said.

An engine-room fire Dec. 9 had disabled the Greek-flagged ship off the Aleutians. A Coast Guard cutter rescued its 27 crew members Dec. 12.

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