Coast Guard, City of Nome urge safety on departure of vessels

17th Coast Guard District NewsNOME, Alaska — The Coast Guard and the City of Nome strongly encourage the residents of Nome to avoid traveling on the ice as the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and tanker Renda begin ice breaking operations in preparation for their outbound transit beginning early Friday.

“We want to strongly encourage residents of Nome to avoid going out onto the ice to view the vessels as they depart,” said Coast Guard Lt. Nicole Auth. “The behavior of the ice as the vessels depart the city is extremely unpredictable and ice conditions could change rapidly. We strongly encourage residents to remain on shore and avoid transiting on the ice as the ships depart until the ice has time to re-freeze.”

The best place to view the operations will be from the uplands near Middle Beach along the south side of the Small Boat Harbor. Residents are encouraged to monitor Nome radio stations and television stations for the latest information.

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