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Russian crew crosses Bering Strait on jet skis

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 30, 2012

Earlier this month, six Americans were detained in the Chukotka region of Russia after crossing international waters into a Russian military zone via jet ski. The crew, led by "Dangerous Waters" reality television producer Steven Moll, had planned to travel 5,000 miles from Nome, Alaska, to Taiwan, but now must reroute their voyage after the run-in with Russian authorities.

The producers managed to sprint 50 miles across the Bering Sea – but this week, a group of Russians have outdone their efforts, at least as far as the Bering Sea is concerned, Ria Novosti reports.

A spokesman for the Chukotka region said that a group of five Russians had successfully crossed the Bering Strait via jet ski, traveling 300 miles from Providence Bay in Russia to Wales, Alaska. It was the first jet ski trip performed by Russians.

The return journey is planned for Aug. 2 or 3.

Wales, a village on the Seward Peninsula with a population of 145, is one of the few places in Alaska where Russia is actually visible from land.

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