Coast Guard Pilots Find Vessels Freed From Arctic Ice

JUNEAU, Alaska – The three vessels stuck earlier today in arctic ice 60 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, have freed themselves and have continued their transit toward Canada.

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Forward Operating Location Nome launched to assess the situation involving the three vessels and arrived on scene at 6 p.m., and reported the vessels were no longer stuck in the ice and did not require Coast Guard assistance. The crew of the vessels, Western Patriot, Riverton, and Hudson Bay Explorer, reported no injuries.

The Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy and the HC-130 returned to their normal operations in the Arctic after diverting from operations to help the vessels

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