Hurricane Ike Leaves Ship Stranded

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The Coast Guard says a 22-man crew of a disabled freighter adrift in the Gulf of Mexico safely rode out the worst of Hurricane Ike and was waiting for a tow to land.

The 584-foot ship, carrying a load of petroleum coke, withstood 20-plus-foot waves and winds in excess of 90 mph, said Petty Officer Tom Atkeson. A tug boat was en route from Corpus Christi, avoiding Ike, and expected to reach the ship around noon Saturday.

As of Friday evening, the ship was about 170 miles southeast of Galveston.

Ike's eye was forecast to strike somewhere near Galveston late today, but the massive system was already buffeting Texas and Louisiana.

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