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Coast Guard icebreaker carves path towards cut-off Alaska city

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally / U.S. Coast Guard via AP

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, left, breaks through the Bering Sea ice 165 miles south of Nome, Alaska, on a return path to break ice up around the tanker Renda on Jan. 8, 2012. The Renda is carrying more than 1.3 million gallons of critically needed fuel to be delivered to Nome.

 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally / U.S. Coast Guard via AP

Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice on Jan. 8, 2012.

msnbc.com staff and news services report from ANCHORAGE, Alaska

A Coast Guard icebreaker is cutting a path through icy seas for a Russian tanker carrying much-needed fuel for the iced-in Alaska city of Nome.

The 370-foot tanker Renda, hauling more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel, is scheduled to arrive later Monday or Tuesday.

Video and still photo images released by the Coast Guard show the two vessels moving steadily through ice jammed seas. Read the full story.

Seaman Benjamin Nocerini / U.S. Coast Guard via Reuters

Russian-flagged tanker Renda follows a path made in the ice by the crew of the Healy, 250 miles south of Nome on Jan. 6, 2012.

A Coast Guard vessel is cutting a path through the icy waters for a Russian tanker carrying much needed-fuel for Nome, Alaska. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.