NOME, Alaska - An early spring breakup is causing problems on Alaska's western coast.

KNOM in Nome reports that the early breakup of Bering Sea ice left some winter gold-dredging operations scrambling to get equipment, people and gold back to shore.

One operation was breaking down the winter operation when the shore ice cleaved Sunday. Alaska State Troopers got two people off the ice, and the wind shifted a chunk of ice into place long enough to create a temporary bridge to get all equipment except a pickup off the ice. The truck was later retrieved from the water.

Kwigilngok seal hunters had similar issues with the Bering Sea ice. KYUK in Bethel reports about 12 snowmachines were on ice that broke loose earlier this month. The snowmachines were retrieved by boat.


Information from: KNOM-AM,