MISLE Activity Number: 3386484
Originating Unit: Sector San Francisco
MISLE Activity Owner: Commandant (CG-5453)
MISLE Activity Controller: Commandant (CG-5453)
MISLE Case Number:
I. INCIDENT BRIEF
On December 11, 2008, the Tug MARSHALL FOSS was called out to assist the T/V CYGNUS VOYAGER.
The CYGNUS VOYAGER had lost propusion
approximately 20 miles offshore of San Francisco.
The MARSHALL FOSS arrived on scene
and put the CYGNUS VOYAGER in tow while the tanker made repairs.
Once the repairs were complete,
the MARSHALL FOSS and the CYGNUS VOYAGER attempted to remove the tow line from the
tanker. Upon removing the line, the tug took a large wave
which caused the tow line to swing off the vessel and under the tug.
The line got sucked into the portside Z Drive of the MARSHALL FOSS. The
MARSHALL FOSS was able to return to port on the starboard engine.
Repairs were completed to the port side drive.