platform supply vessel is in trouble in Cook Inlet. The 166-foot ship the
Monarch sent out a mayday call at 5:51 this morning, saying it was taking on
water. It was tied up to the Granite Point oil platform in upper Cook Inlet,
about 45 miles southwest of Anchorage.
reports vary, but the Monarch is either partially or fully submerged. The crew
of seven was safely evacuated to the oil platform.
Nikiski-based tug Vigilant is on the scene, and the Homer-based cutter Hickory
is en route. Coast Guard marine safety detachment personnel from Kenai is also
on the way.
Guard C-130 from Air Station Kodiak has been sent to observe the situation, and
helicopters will follow when the weather permits.
is carrying about 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but no spill has been
recent cold, upper Cook Inlet has seen heavy icing, and the Coast Guard is
reporting ice around the platform.