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DATE: December 30, 2012 4:35:00 PM AKST

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Unified Command Joint Information Center at (907) 433-3417
Update #9: Kulluk tow lines separated; Alert on scene

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Unified Command continues to respond to the incident with the tow vessel Aiviq and the conical drill unit Kulluk south of Kodiak Sunday.

The tow lines connecting the Aiviq and the response vessel Nanuq to the Kulluk have separated. The tug Alert has arrived on scene from Prince William Sound. The crew is evaluating all options for reconnecting with the Kulluk.

“Safety of our responders remains our top priority, and we are evaluating options for safely re-establishing a tow with the Kulluk,” said Capt. Paul Mehler III, Federal On-Scene Commander, U.S. Coast Guard.  

Media inquiries should be directed to the Joint Information Center: 907-433-3417.


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