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Kodiak: Shell drill ship crew to evacuate (Kulluk could hit the islands in 12-13 hours)
Drill ship, crew remain stalled on Gulf of Alaska
By Associated Press on December 29, 2012

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — High winds and waves prevented the Coast Guard from evacuating an 18-member crew of a stalled Shell drill ship in the Gulf of Alaska and another vessel was on the way Saturday to prevent the ship from drifting into the Trinity Islands, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Helicopter crews tried unsuccessfully Friday night and early Saturday morning to evacuate the crew of the Kulluk, which has no propulsion system and is dependent on other vessels to move it around, Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class David Mosley said.

Winds of over 60 mph and waves of 20 to 25 feet were too much for an evacuation, Mosley said. "It's a very dynamic situation," he said.............

............. At the rate it is drifting, the Kulluk could hit the islands in 12-13 hours, he said.......

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