NORTH PACIFIC 24 July - Twenty-three seafarers remain aboard the Singapore-flagged car carrier Cougar Ace as it continues to take on water and list heavily in the Bering Sea off the Aleutians. The US Coast Guard has told Fairplay that a C-130 aircraft arrived on scene at 1405 GMT and is overflying the distressed Mitsui OSK vessel while a distant USCG cutter and the bulker Ikan Juara rush to the area to assist. At present, only one crewmember has sustained injuries – a broken leg – and none is able to abandon ship as half of the lifeboats are underwater and the others are hanging too high because of the list, reported at 80 degrees. Coast Guard sources at the Juneau command centre say the vessel has re-established power, but is unable to make way because of the severe list. The 5,542-vehicle car carrier is located 230n-miles south of the Aleutian Island chain and the USCG says sea and wind conditions have been reported as generally calm with water temperatures in the general area said to be around 11 degrees Celsius. A Panama-flagged 32,600-dwt bulker was asked to assist under the AMVER (Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting) programme as it is nearest the scene and is expected to reach the vessel around daybreak – local time.