Coast Guard Rescues Six Walrus Hunters in Boats Trapped by Ice


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Six walrus hunters whose boats were trapped by Chukchi (chuk-CHEE) Sea ice were lifted to safety Wednesday by the Coast Guard.

The agency says the six were in two 22-foot skiffs four miles off Singeak on the Seward Peninsula about 150 miles northeast of Nome.

A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted three hunters from a skiff. The other three were picked up on land and transported to the village of Shishmaref (SHISH-mar-ef).

Alaska State Troopers alerted the Coast Guard to the plight of the hunters.

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