The headline of this news is "Wave destroys ship's navigational equipment" I guess that's the good news -- nothing but equipment damage. Note that there is a NDBC buoy 46073 in the nearby southeast Bearing Sea recorded over 30 ft significant wave height earlier. So it is plausible that reported condition of 27 ft seas is about right. Of course, freaque waves can happen any place, any time, happen in Bearing Sea is certainly entirely possible.
Friday, February 27, 2009
A freaque wave from the Bearing Sea
This news reported by the local KUCB News of Unalaska, AK: