Crew removes fuel and water from sinking Lake Superior tugboat


The U.S. Coast Guard continues to work on a partially underwater tugboat in the Port of Duluth to remove fuel and water from the ship.

U.S. Coast Guard Waterways Director Joseph McGinnis told me Monday that the decommissioned U.S. Army tugboat, called Lake Superior, “was on the market over the weekend, but supported by ice.”

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But by Monday morning, the stern sank as the ice began to melt, McGinnis said. The U.S. Coast Guard was made aware of the issue around 9 a.m. Monday and responded to the tugboat’s slip at Rail Street near Terminal B and the Compass Minerals terminal to mitigate any potential environmental hazard.

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