MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The U.S. Coast Guard says a 110-foot barge has sunk in Lake Huron, spilling fuel and oil into the lake.
Officials say the incident happened around 4:30 this morning when the commercial barge went down in stormy waters. A tug boat that was pushing the dredge, a machine on the barge that scoops or suctions sediment from the bottom of waterways, also flipped over. About 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the lake about two miles off of downstate Lakeport, which is just north of Port Huron.
The Coast Guard says oil also spilled into the lake, although the amount is considered negligible. All personnel on board have been accounted for and there are no injuries. Officials say bad weather is slowing containment and cleanup efforts.