Grounded freighter back up and running
SAULT STE MARIE — A boat that ran aground in the Saint Mary’s River last week is moving once again.
U.S. Coast Guard officials say the six hundred three foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi was hauling around two thousand tons of stone from Ontario early Wednesday when it ran aground about four miles northeast of De Tour Village. Lightering operations began Saturday morning under the supervision of Coast Guard marine inspectors and pollution responders. The ship was successfully refloated by one p.m., then anchored in a new location near Big Trout Island. No injuries or pollution were reported.
After an inspection by Coast Guard marine inspectors and commercial divers, the ship was cleared to depart, and will reload its cargo back in Ontario. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
[Photo Courtesy: US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City]