MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting the sinking of a tug boat yesterday near Sault Ste. Marie.
Reports say the tug boat, Hammond Bay, was carrying 200 gallons of diesel fuel and 15 gallons of oil when it sank in the St. Mary’s River. The tug was being towed, along with three barges, when the crew of the towing vessel lost sight of the tug.
They secured the three barges, and reported finding an oil sheen and a life ring from the Hammond Bay, leading them to believe the tug boat had sunk.
The tug was located in 27 feet of water in the middle of the river. No one was on board when it sank.
The Army Corps of Engineers is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to minimize any environmental impacts.
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