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Drifting ship repairs engine, headed to Ore.

A private commercial ship rushed to help 28 crew members aboard a crippled cargo freighter being tossed by 20- to 30-foot waves in the stormy North Pacific.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The crew of a crippled freighter adrift in the North Pacific repaired its engines Monday and the vessel was on its way to Portland, Ore.

A Coast Guard cutter and a private ship headed to help the India-flagged APJ Suryavir about 540 miles southwest of Alaska’s Adak Island were called off.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn said the Coast Guard will be in radio contact with the ship until it moors in Portland.

Shinn says no injuries were reported among the crew of 28, and the 740-foot bulk cargo ship never took on water. Waves were reported up to 30 feet while the ship was adrift.

A Coast Guard C-130 overflew the stranded ship late Sunday and dropped a buoy to collect information on the currents and wind conditions.

The Suryavir isn't carrying any cargo and that made it more unstable in the heavy seas.

The Suryavir ran into engine problems several days ago en route from China to the Columbia River in Oregon, but the crew radioed for help late Sunday morning only when the weather turned bad. The Coast Guard said it's not unusual for ship crews to fix their engines in calmer weather.

The vessel's registered owner is Apeejay Shipping LTD. The company did not immediately respond to messages Monday morning seeking comment.