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October 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Container ship from Washington adrift off British Columbia

The Associated Press

HAIDA GWAII, British Columbia — A container ship on its way from Washington to Russia lost power overnight and is drifting Friday off the north coast of British Columbia.

The Canadian Forces’ joint rescue co-ordination center in Victoria says the Simushir is about 10 miles off Haida Gwaii.

Acting Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall says there are concerns the vessel could run aground in heavy winds. The Canadian and U.S. Coast Guards are responding.

The ship carries 440 tons of bunker oil and 55 tons of diesel.

MacDougall says there are 11 people on board. A helicopter was dispatched to remove the captain who is injured.

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