Coast Guard Removes Activists Attached to Shell Ship to Protest

A small-boat crew from the 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Juniper, homeported in Newport, R.I., underway in Pond Inlet, in Nunavut, in the Arctic, Aug. 30, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham.)
A small-boat crew from the 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Juniper, homeported in Newport, R.I., underway in Pond Inlet, in Nunavut, in the Arctic, Aug. 30, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham.)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Coast Guard has removed two activists from the anchor chain of a Royal Dutch Shell support ship docked north of Seattle.

The protesters suspended themselves early Friday from the ship in Bellingham harbour to protest the petroleum giant's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

A spokeswoman for the activists says they were taken off the ship about seven hours after the protest began.

The two women who had been sitting in cloth slings attached to the anchor chain of the American Trader have been identified as Sawyer Joy and Erika Osland, both students at Western Washington University.

This is the second Arctic drilling protest in the Bellingham harbour in about a month.

The oil company's proposal also has drawn large protests in Seattle, where a drill rig is being prepared to explore for oil off Alaska this summer.

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