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Grounded coal freighter freed in St. Marys River

Tugboats work next to the Paul R. Tregurtha, a 1,000-foot coal freighter that is grounded on the outbound channel of the St. Marys River, on Wednesday in Chippewa County, Mich. (AP Photo/Lake Superior State University, John Shibley)

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a 1,000-foot coal freighter that was blocking traffic on the outbound channel of the St. Marys River has been refloated.

The ship became grounded about 3 a.m. Wednesday and crews freed it about 6:20 a.m. Thursday.

According to the Coast Guard, no one was injured in the grounding, which didn’t puncture the cargo hold or fuel system.

The Paul R. Tregurtha is owned by Interlake Shipping Co. of Richfield, Ohio, and is carrying about 62,000 tons of coal.

The Evening News says the grounding caused a backup of about 11 vessels heading toward Lake Huron. There was no effect on ships heading toward Lake Superior.

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