Berry pickers stranded near Newtok

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Authorities in Alaska say about 16 people on a berry picking excursion are stranded on a sandbar near Newtok.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the group is safe and waiting for other villagers to get them.

Coast Guard Lt. Lee Coyle says the group was traveling with two other boats to a fish camp near Hazen Bay and planning to pick berries when the boat ran aground Friday evening.

The people in the other boats continued, apparently expecting the disabled boat to refloat. Coyle says the vessel was later reported overdue.

Alaska State Troopers haven't been able to reach the group because of rough weather. Coyle says a Coast Guard C-130 crew flew over the site and was told by radio the group is equipped to stay until boats from Newtok arrive.

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