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Tug Crew Safe After Grounding

A tugboat crew escaped their vessel after it hit a rock in Norton Sound and began taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley says watchstanders received a report that the 70-foot tug Captain Hendren had run aground north of St. Michael.

The two crew members aboard donned survival suits, then entered a life raft which drifted ashore. They were picked up by residents of St. Michael to be warmed and treated for potential injuries.

Mosley says the Coast Guard had ramped up for an active response, but stood down once the crew was reported safe.

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