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Cargo ship loses propulsion off Haida Gwaii; tugs, coast guard ship en route

VANCOUVER — The Canadian Coast Guard says a cargo ship is drifting off British Columbia's coast.

The MV North Star was sailing from Anchorage, Alaska to Tacoma, Wash., when it experienced an "electrical issue" and lost propulsion.

The coast guard says it is now 45 nautical miles off the west coast of Haida Gwaii and crew members are working on the problem, hoping to soon restore the ship's propulsion.

A Prince Rupert-based tug and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Gordon Reid are en route to the North Star, as is another tug from Neah Bay, Wash.

The coast guard says there are no dangerous goods aboard the North Star, which will be assisted to port if it can't restore power.

The Gordon Reid is expected to arrive at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, when the North Star will still be about 20 nautical miles from shore.

The Canadian Press

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