Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley says the crewmembers of the Nkhovazi reported the rudder broke Friday and they were trying to nurse it toward Dutch Harbor.
However, they realized Sunday night when they were about 20 miles from Dutch Harbor and drifting away from land that they wouldn’t make it without assistance.
The Alex Haley responded just after midnight Monday and began towing the vessel after transferring the sailors onboard. They were expected into Dutch Harbor early Monday evening.
Dutch Harbor was the sailors’ intended destination. The two sailors, who haven’t yet been identified, were sailing from Honolulu to Alaska.