ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Russian tanker carrying much-needed fuel to Nome moored less than a half mile from the town’s iced-in harbor Saturday evening, starting final preparations for delivering the diesel fuel and gasoline, the Coast Guard said.
The crew of the 370-foot tanker Renda is working to ensure the safe transfer of the 1.3 million gallons of fuel through a hose laid on top of the ice to the harbor, Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow said.
Wadlow said he doesn’t know how long it will be before fuel is flowing through the hose.
A fall storm prevented Nome from getting a fuel delivery by barge in November. Without the tanker delivery, supplies of diesel fuel, gasoline and home heating fuel are expected to run out in March and April.
Stranded dolphins faring poorly
SCUSSET BEACH, Mass. – An animal welfare organization says up to 30 dolphins have been found stranded on five Cape Cod beaches, and only 11 were able to be released.
Kerry Branon of the International Fund for Animal Welfare said of the 28 to 30 dolphins found, 10 to 12 died and eight were inaccessible to rescuers.
A cause of the beaching could not immediately be determined.