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8:43 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Ships collide near Straits of Mackinac

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard says one of its ice-breakers sustained significant damage in a collision with a freighter in the Straits of Mackinac.   

The Mesabi Miner
The Mesabi Miner
Credit boatnerd.com

No injuries are reported.  Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class Keith Showalter says the accident happened around 10:45 a.m. Sunday.  He says the location is about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge.

Showalter says the 225-foot cutter Hollyhock was breaking ice when it hit a hard spot in the ice.  He says the 990-foot Mesabi Miner hit the Hollyhock's stern. 

He says the Mesabi Miner sustained damage to its bow.  The freighter was hauling iron ore to Gary, Indiana.