On Monday night, a Royal Dutch Shell drilling ship, the Kulluk, ran aground at remote Sitkalidak Island in Alaska.
The next day, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flew over the conical drilling rig. The weather conditions were 40-mph winds with 20-foot seas. This footage was shot by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
As Shell struggled Tuesday to salvage the fuel-laden drilling ship, the incident reverberated in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama’s staff monitoring the situation. In a high-stakes gamble to tap billions of barrels of oil in Alaska's Arctic, all eyes are now on Shell as it tries to gain control of an out-of-control drilling rig.