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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.
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.