Coast Guard reports rescue of tug crew

Five people were reported rescued Wednesday morning after their tug and barge went aground on the Aleutian Chain.

The 78-foot tug ‘Polar Wind’ and the barge ran hard aground in Pavlov Bay Tuesday night in eight-foot seas and 30-knot winds.

A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter from Kodiak hoisted two crewman aboard and an H-65 helicopter from the cutter Sherman hoisted the other three crew. They were all taken to nearby Cold Bay on Wednesday morning.

No injuries reported and no pollution reported so far. The Coast Guard says overflights of the grounding site are likely. The owner of the tug is also expected to the salvage the vessel.

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