Shell, Coast Guard seek to contain grounded Alaska drilling rig

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The U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Dutch Shell were fighting 70-mph winds and 40-foot swells as they tried to assess damage to a floating oil drilling ship grounded on a remote Alaskan island.

Based on observations from planes flying over the site, the rig is stable and there don’t appear to be any leaks, said Coast Guard Captain Paul Mehler.

The rig was en route to Seattle for repairs after drilling off the Alaska coast. The rig had been adrift and then was temporarily brought back under control before it went aground.

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