Fled from the military: two Russians sailed on a boat to Alaska
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Travelers told the locals how they sailed from a village in Chukotka and covered about 500 kilometers by sea. The Coast Guard sent a C-130 cargo plane to get them out.
The US Coast Guard detained two men on the island of St. Lawrence, Alaska. They sailed from Russia on a boat and said they were fleeing from the military, writes the local publication Alaska's News Source.
The men arrived at the territory of the American village of Gambell on Tuesday, October 4th. Residents of the village told the border guards about a boat with two foreigners – citizens of the Russian Federation.
Travelers in communication with local residents claimed that they sailed from the village of Egvekinot in Chukotka and “fled from the Russian military” for about 500 kilometers by sea.
The Russians were reported to the US Department of Homeland Security and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan. The senator's office noted that the border guards are looking into the possibility of men entering the States.
City clerk Curtis Siluk said that the men were taken from the island on the day they arrived. Alaska Gov. Mike Danvily said they are now in Anchorage. The federal authorities are dealing with the Russians.
The US Coast Guard sent a C-130 cargo plane with customs and border guard personnel to St. Lawrence Island to evacuate the Russians, adds Anchorage Daily News.
“Considering current heightened tensions between the United States and Russia, Sullivan called the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and spoke with him, as well as with another senior official in the department,” said Senator public relations director Mike Reynard.
The village of Gambell is located less than 40 miles from the Russian mainland.
On September 24, the American command raised the RC-135S “Cobra Ball” aircraft, it is used to monitor the flights of intercontinental ballistic missiles.