Tanker Reaches Stranded Alaska Town

    AT SEA - JANUARY 10:  In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Russian tanker Renda powers toward Nome, Alaska with the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy's assistance January 10, 2012 in the Bering Sea. The tanker, carrying 1.3 million gallons of fuel for Nome, is traveling through approximately 300 miles of ice covered sea to deliver badly needed supplies to the community of about 3,500 after poor weather conditions prevented a previously scheduled delivery before the winter conditions set in.  (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

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    Our former Cold War enemy to the rescue. A Russian tanker carrying much-needed fuel and other supplies reached the Alaskan town of Nome Saturday night. The Renda had been moored in thick ice when U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker Cutter Healy helped it to reach the stranded town by cutting through 300 miles of ice. The tanker is carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products, and now the crew will begin to connect the piping and check for leaks. A strong November storm prevented the last delivery of fuel via barge, and ice formed over the Bering Sea, which prompted a company in Nome to ask the Renda for help.

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