UPDATE: Freighter Freed From Lake St. Clair

Monday July 28th, 2014

Posted at 6:46pm

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A freighter stuck in the downbownd channel in Lake St. Clair near the Detroit River has been freed.

The Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel became grounded around 3am Sunday.

The 656-foot freighter is carrying approximately 22,672 tons of wheat.

Several attempts to refloat the freighter had been unsuccessful and five tugs had been dispatched to attempt to refloat the ship.

The vessel was en route to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but will be taken to Belle Isle anchorage for an underwater survey.

Divers are scheduled to conduct a damage assessment survey of the vessel, and repairs will be made if necessary.

There is no resultant pollution and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the grounding was determined to be a loss of steering caused by a motor coupling failure and repairs to the coupling have been completed.

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