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Fuel-bearing ship just 6 miles from Nome

Russian tanker carrying fuel to Nome just 6 miles away, waiting for daylight to proceed By The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ' A Russian tanker hauling much-needed fuel across the ice-choked ocean to the Alaska city of Nome is just six miles from its destination.

A Coast Guard icebreaker has cut a path through ocean ice to help the vessel with its cargo of 1.3 million gallons of fuel reach Nome.

Coast Guard official Adam De Rocher says the ship reached the area early Friday but was waiting until daylight before advancing further. Daylight doesn't come to that part of Alaska until 11:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. PST).

De Rocher says crews are waiting for light because it will be safer going through the ice and they will have a better idea of where to anchor to start unloading fuel.

The city missed its final pre-winter delivery of fuel by barge when a big storm swept the region last fall. Without the delivery, Nome could run short of fuel before another barge arrives in late spring, forcing fuel to be flown in and raising prices as high as $9 a gallon.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is urging Nome residents to stay off the ice to view the two vessels because its unsafe with the ships around.

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