Two ships trying to break through ice to resupply ice-bound Nome, Alaska, are nearly there after a 10-day journey but have paused to identify the safest path into harbor, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said Friday.
The U.S. Coast Guard's only operating Arctic icebreaker, the Cutter Healy, and the Russian fuel tanker Renda were in the Bering Sea about eight nautical miles from Nome on Friday morning, Coast Guard Lt. Veronica Colbath told â€śCNN Newsroom.â€ť
The Healy will have broken through nearly 300 miles of ice for the Renda, which is transporting 1.3 million gallons of fuel for Nome on a journey that began last week from southern Alaskaâ€™s Aleutian Islands. The shipsâ€™ leaders and an ice expert are discussing â€śthe best way to proceedâ€ť to Nome on northwestern Alaskaâ€™s coast, Colbath said.
â€śWe have (had) â€¦ ice and weather challenges on this 300-mile journey, so we will not be rushing into the harbor of Nome until we have identified the best course of action to navigate in,â€ť Colbath said.
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