ANCHORAGE, Alaska Saturday 29 Dec — Rough weather prevented the Coast Guard from evacuating an 18-member crew of a stalled Shell drill ship in the Gulf of Alaska and another vessel is on the way to prevent the ship from drifting into the Trinity Islands.
The Coast Guard says helicopter crews tried Friday night and early Saturday morning to evacuate the crew of the Kulluk (CULL’-uck), which has no propulsion system and is dependent on other vessels to move it around.
Winds of over 60 mph and waves of about 25 feet were too much for an evacuation.
The Royal Dutch Shell drill ship stalled after the engines of its tow vessel Aiviq (AAH’-vik) failed on Thursday while on the way to Seattle for winter maintenance work. The ship was about 27 miles from the Trinity Islands.