Coast Guard rescues 5 after tug goes aground

Nov 14, 2012 -- 3:35pm


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Five crew members were rescued after a tug ran ashore and began taking on water. The Coast Guard says that two helicopters, one dispatched from a Bering Sea cutter and the other from Kodiak, hoisted the crew members off the Polar Wind early Wednesday. The grounding happened Tuesday night on Ukolnoi Island in Pavlof Bay. That's about 20 miles east of Cold Bay, or 600 miles west of Anchorage. The tug is estimated to have about 18,500 gallons of fuel on board. It was towing a barge, which has another 5,000 gallons of fuel plus 90 refrigerated cargo containers. The tug's owner has contracted with companies for salvage operations and to respond to any pollution issues. There were no immediate indications of pollution.

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