Grounded Freighter Freed from Lake St. Clair

By: AP
By: AP

Detroit -- The U.S. Coast Guard says a 656-foot freighter that ran aground in a shipping channel of Lake St. Clair has been freed and is expected to head to Montreal.

Lt. Commander Scott Smith says the Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged ship, was refloated early Tuesday. The Detroit News reports the freighter will resume its trip after a day or two of inspections.

The Coast Guard says it received notice early Sunday that the freighter was grounded near the Detroit River. The vessel is carrying wheat. It was anchored Tuesday in the Detroit River, where it is expected to be examined.

The Coast Guard says there was no leakage or any pollution problems resulting from the grounding. The shipping channel is open to traffic.


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