Drill ship, tows still battle Gulf of Alaska storm

Dec 30, 2012 -- 1:51pm


-  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard says the crews of two towing vessels attached to a Shell drill ship continue to battle a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska.  The crews remain stationed with the drill rig Kulluk Sunday about 20 miles from Alaska's Kodiak Island as they wait in seas cresting at 22 feet for another tug boat to arrive. Petty Officer First Class David Mosley says the goal is to tow the Kulluk to a safe harbor and determine the next step. All 18 crew members on the Kulluk were safely evacuated Saturday from the drill ship, which has no propulsion system of its own. No injuries have been reported. The Kulluk was being towed Thursday from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands to Seattle when problems arose.

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