Both the National Guard and the Coast Guard helped the residents of Tangier Island over the weekend. The island had been isolated by ice for over a week. Members of the Sandston unit of the National Guard delivered food and medicine by helicopter to the island. At the same time, a Coast Guard icebreaker from Baltimore was able to break up the ice and allow access by boat.
Milder temperatures later this week should help to keep the channel open and return life to more normal on Tangier. Island residents were surprised by the cold weather and the snowstorm that pummeled the island Thursday.
Virginia National Guard aviation crews aboard two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters pick up and deliver food, mail, and medicine Jan. 6, 2018, to icebound Tangier Island. In the mission, flying first to Crisfield, Maryland, to pick up supplies, then on to Tangier. Following their first delivery to the island, aircrews stopped for fuel at the Accomack County Airport and headed back out for round two, again picking up supplies in Crisfield and delivering them to Tangier.
(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)