Great Lakes Freighter American Courage Runs Aground In The St. Clair River

The American Courage is a 617-foot lake freighter with about 20,000 tons of stone.

Officials from the Coast Guard are looking into what caused the vessel to go aground near the St. Clair River in Marine City on Tuesday.

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Per the Coast Guard’s Ninth District, the incident was originally reported at 7:21 a.m. According to the Ninth Coast Guard District Great Lakes, the vessel was refloated at 7 p.m. by a tug crew.

With no casualties or pollution stated, the strategy is to refloat the American Courage and work together with partner agencies to provide aid and safe navigation, said Lt. J.g. Adeeb Ahmad, public affairs officer for USCG Sector Detroit.

A helicopter from the Detroit air station had been sent to the area, along with a small boat from a Port Huron station.

The Coast Guard had stated it was working with ship operator Grand River Navigation to refloat its freighter.

The USCG has also undertaken an extensive assessment to assess the impact on vessel safety.

Reference- Detroit News

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