The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(KODIAK, Alaska) — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of the 66-foot tug Capt. Hendren disabled 30 miles south of Cordova Sunday.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Anchorage were notified at 2:17 p.m. that the tug had experienced a steering casualty and was disabled and adrift with four people aboard in 23 to 28 mph winds and 8-foot seas.
The cutter is estimated to arrive on scene in about 10 hours. Once on scene the cutter's crew will tow the tug to Valdez. The Long Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Valdez.
The Capt. Hendren is homeported in Portland, Ore., and was on a voyage from Portland to Nome, Alaska. Marine Safety Unit Valdez will monitor the tug once in Valdez and investigate the cause of the steering casualty.