Update: Michipicoten Safely Docked at Keefer Terminal in Thunder Bay

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Michipicoten - Image Michael Hull - Walkersmoon Imaging
Michipicoten - Image Michael Hull - Walkersmoon Imaging

THUNDER BAY – A dramatic series of events have seen a Great Lakes freighter damaged by an underwater object that saw it taking on water and needing rescue. The 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten has safely anchored in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after battling flooding early Saturday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern Great Lakes swiftly responded to the distress call from the Canadian vessel Michipicoten, which reported taking on water around 7 a.m.

The vessel departed Two Harbours Minnesota on Saturday, and reportedly struck something in the water that caused the apparent hull breach that cause the flooding. The exact cause of the flooding remains unknown at this time.

Coast Guard assets, including two helicopters from Air Station Traverse City and a response boat from Station Bayfield, were deployed to assist in the emergency. The coordinated efforts ensured the safety of the Michipicoten and its crew.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported on board. The Coast Guard collaborated with a National Park Service boat from Isle Royale to transfer 11 of the 22 crew members to safety.

All U.S. Coast Guard units have been released from the scene, but the Coast Guard continues to work closely with Canadian counterparts to monitor the situation.

The Canadian Coast Guard Cape Chaillon and helicopters escorting the ship once in Thunder Bay.

A thorough investigation into the cause of the flooding and any potential damage to the Michipicoten will commence now that the vessel is docked in the city.

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