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Old 09-12-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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Default Freighter Stuck in Gulf w/ Ike

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!!!?!?!?!?!?!

I heard this on the radio a bit ago and they confirmed it. A freighter left Port Arther THIS MORNING early and is now broke down and stranded in the Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles offshore from Galveston. There are 22 crew members on board. They sent out a distress call but the Coast Guard has determined that the only way to rescue them would be helicopters and they can't safely do that w/ 100+mph winds.

They won't say where the freighter is from or where it was headed. You'd think they have heard the news for the last week and would know NOT TO HEAD OUT TO SEA!!!!

Here are a few links to the story:

Update: Rescue options limited for freighter stuck in Ike's path | argusleader.com | Argus Leader

The Associated Press: Ike strands freighter in Gulf; Houston braces (broken link)

MyFox Houston | Ike Strands Freighter In Gulf; Houston Braces (http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7416184&version=8&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1 - broken link)
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Ships that size do better at open sea in a hurricane than they do in port. I suspect that there were A LOT of ships that left in the last day or so to find calmer waters. On the bright side, at least it is only carrying pet coke and not oil...

Not sure how a ship like that does w/o an engine, though, in a hurricane....
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Austin Bound
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Scary. I hope they can safely ride out the storm, but it doesn't sound like it will be fun.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:17 PM
 
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Depends on the wind. If they are east of the storm, then in all likelihood, they will ground during the night.
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Republic of Texas or The Land of Enchantment
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Default Probably not.

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Depends on the wind. If they are east of the storm, then in all likelihood, they will ground during the night.
Not likely they where over ninety miles off shore when they broke down.
They will have to ride it out at least until the eye gets to them then the CG will try to make a rescue. It was to dangerous earlier according to the CG.
Keep your thoughts and prayers with all the folks in the path.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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They most likely were out at sea long before the Hurricane was predicted to hit that area. Ships like these cannot turn on a dime and they do not move very fast.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Republic of Texas or The Land of Enchantment
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Thumbs up Try again!!

Had to double check. The freighter has ridden out the worst. And waiting for the CG to give them a tow. According to TCN. Hope their right!!
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I heard the same thing. They rode it out and are o.k.
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Here is the explanation:

"Separately, US Coast Guard rescuers called off an attempt to rescue 22 sailors stranded aboard a Cyprus-flagged freighter that lost power in the Gulf of Mexico as it tried to steam out of Ike's way, but added they would seek to remain in radio contact with the crew."

AFP: Catastrophe looms as Hurricane Ike pounds Texas coast
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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a tugboat out of corpus is on it's way in the morning to rescue them. They drifted south closer to there.
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