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Coast Guard Ice-Breaking Tug Frees 1,000-Foot Freighter

Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) breaks ice in the Straits of Mackinaw on the Great Lakes, April 6, 1992. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/CAROLYN CIHELKA)
Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) breaks ice in the Straits of Mackinaw on the Great Lakes, April 6, 1992. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/CAROLYN CIHELKA)

NEEBISH ISLAND, Mich. — A 1,000-foot (305-meter) freighter has been freed from ice off the eastern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

MLive.com reports Wednesday that the James R. Barker was heading to Duluth, Minnesota, when it was stopped Tuesday near Neebish Island in the St. Marys River, southeast of Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard's 140-foot (43-meter) Biscayne Bay ice-breaking tug was called in to help.

The freighter is owned by the Interlake Steamship Co.

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