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Three vessels briefly stuck in Arctic ice

Associated Press - August 6, 2008 2:05 AM ET

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Three Canada-bound vessels that found themselves stuck in ice off Alaska's northern coast have managed to free themselves and continue on their journey.

The Coast Guard says the ships reported Tuesday afternoon that they were stuck about 60 miles north of Point Barrow. A Coast Guard airplane headed out from Nome to assess the situation. When it flew over the ships Tuesday evening it reported they were no longer stuck and did not need any help.

The eastbound vessels were identified as the Western Patriot, Riverton and Hudson Bay Explorer. It is not known how many people are aboard. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard said earlier it was diverting the icebreaker Healy to assist the ships. After they freed themselves, the Healy was told to return to its normal operations in the Arctic. The Healy is homeported in Seattle.

Point Barrow is about 750 miles northeast of Anchorage.

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