The Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill ship Kulluk (CULL'-uck) ran aground in a fierce North Pacific storm Monday night off an uninhabited island near Kodiak.
Calmer weather conditions Wednesday also allowed a team of five salvage experts to be lowered by helicopter to the rig to conduct a three-hour structural assessment. Officials say their information will be used to formulate salvage plans. Also taken to the Kulluk was a state-owned emergency towing system for use in the operation.
Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler (MAIL-er) says he saw four life boats on the shoreline but there was no indication that other debris had been ripped from the ship.