A 654 foot ship (the Cougar Ace) carrying 4813 Japanese cars sits precariously on it’s side in the shores off an Alaskan island called Adak. It was hit by a large wave on Sunday. The crew clung to the ship for hours waiting to be rescued.
A Coast Guard cutter was on the scene Monday. All 23 crew members were rescued then shuttled to Adak Island. They were treated for minor injuries and severe muscle strain.
Attention now turns to the car carrier. At this point, they have no idea what condition the cargo is in. If the carrier holding all the cars is intact, they may be able to salvage them. Work won’t begin until a ship from Matui OSK Lines can get on the scene which will be in a few days.