A Shell drill ship stranded by a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska is drifting again after it broke from lines attaching it to two towing vessels.

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A Shell drill ship stranded by a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska is drifting again after it broke from lines attaching it to two towing vessels.

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says the lines attaching the drill ship Kulluk to the vessels Aiviq and Nanuq broke Sunday afternoon. The vessels are following the drifting rig, which has no propulsion system of its own.

The vessels were about 20 miles from Alaska’s Kodiak Island as towing crews wait in rough seas. The Coast Guard says the goal is to tow the Kulluk to a safe harbor.

All 18 crew members on the Kulluk were safely evacuated Saturday from the drill ship.

The Kulluk was being towed Thursday from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands to Seattle when problems arose.