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Coast Guard assist to bulk carrier Michipicoten in Lake Superior

Coast Guard responds to bulk carrier Michipicoten taking on water in Lake Superior
The Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk aircrews and Station Bayfield boatcrews assisted bulk carrier Michipicoten in Lake Superior.
Archive image: A first responder from northern Michigan gets a first-hand look at what it’s like to be hoisted during a training with a Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew at Pellston Regional Airport June 17, 2021.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Masson.

SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrews and Response Boat crews assisted to the 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten taking on water in Lake Superior, Grand Portage, Minnesota, after receiving a report in Thursday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Northern Great Lakes was contacted via VHF channel 16 at approximately 7 a.m. with a report that the 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten was experiencing flooding while transiting southwest of Isle Royale, in Lake Superior.

Half of the 22-person crew has since been removed from the vessel for safety.

The bulk carrier headed to a nearby port to complete inspections and effect repairs.

The cause of the flooding and any other damage to the vessel will be investigated once the situation is stabilized.

The bulk carrier Edwin H. Gott is currently alongside the Michipicoten, and U.S. Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and National Park Service vessels remain actively involved.

UPDATE:

Coast Guard responds to bulk carrier Michipicoten taking on water in Lake Superior
SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — The 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten has safely anchored in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after combating flooding in Lake Superior, early Thursday morning.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern Great Lakes has assisted the Canadian bulk carrier Michipicoten to anchorage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after they initially reported taking on water at approximately 7 a.m.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — The 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten has safely anchored in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after combating flooding in Lake Superior, earlier in Saturday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern Great Lakes has assisted the Canadian bulk carrier Michipicoten to anchorage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after they initially reported taking on water at approximately 7 a.m.

The cause of the flooding is unknown at this time.

Coast Guard assets involved in the response include two MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrews from Air Station Traverse City and a Response Boat crews from Station Bayfield.

Although no injuries were reported on the vessel, the Coast Guard coordinated with a National Park Service boat from Isle Royale to transfer 11 of the 22 crew members aboard the Michipicoten.

All U.S. Coast Guard assets have been released from the scene, and the Coast Guard remains closely engaged with Canadian counterparts.

The cause of the flooding and any other damage to the bulk carrier will be investigated once the vessel has moored in Thunder Bay.

USCG

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