Boats break through ice on the Chesapeake Bay

Crews three Coast Guard Cutters are working to break up ice in the Chesapeake Bay.

The crew of the Baltimore-based Chock traveled to Tangier Island to break ice and aid residents by delivering groceries and medical supplies.

The crew of the Cleat is assisting in Baltimore during the Chocks' deployment to Tangier Island.

"As the Coast Guard, we're pretty limited in our ice-breaking assets," said Senior Chief Petty Officer A. J. Pulkkinen, the officer-in-charge of Cleat. "So when the [Chock] went down due to mechanical issues, we came down from Delaware Bay to help them out in the Baltimore area."

The cutters are all 65-foot, ice-breaking tugs and are designed to break ice up to 18 inches thick.

There is video of the ice breaking at:

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