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Nation IN BRIEF : HAWAII : Coast Guard Aids Sinking Freighter

From Times staff and Wire reports

A Coast Guard cutter reached a sinking Greek freighter 800 miles north-northeast of Hawaii and picked up half of the 28 crew members while the rest battled to save the ship. “It does not look good, but they’re not abandoning ship yet. They’re still trying,” Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Dennis Hubbard said. Three Coast Guardsmen from the cutter Sassafras boarded the 620-foot M.V. Bulka of Kingston, St. Vincent, which was on its way to South Korea from Los Angeles with a cargo of scrap metal, to help with the pumps that the vessel has been using to try to pump water out of its cargo hold.


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