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Navy-contracted ship loses power in Strait of Juan de Fuca

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a Navy-contracted cargo ship is under emergency tow after losing power overnight in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The 685-foot Cape Intrepid was undergoing sea trials after a long period docked in Tacoma when it lost power about 2:30 a.m. Saturday north of Clallam Bay. Coast Guard Lt. Ben Weber says it drifted about two miles before the emergency tug Jeffrey Foss reached it approximately two hours later.

The Foss was pulling the ship into harbor at Port Angeles, where it was expected to anchor around noon Saturday to undergo repairs. It wasn’t immediately clear why it lost power or how long repairs might take.

The Cape Intrepid is operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command out of Tacoma. It left Tacoma Friday afternoon for what had been expected to be a few days of sea trials.

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