Sunken tug brought to surface

Jul 5, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has refloated one of its tug boats that sank while being towed in the upper St. Marys River. 

Salvage operaters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raise the tug Hammond Bay out of the St. Marys River with the crane barge Harvey, July 3, 2013.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

No one was aboard the Hammond Bay, which went down in the waterway between Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Canada. Another tug was towing the Hammond Bay and three barges from Duluth, Minnesota to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the time.

Army Corps spokeswoman Lynn Rose says the agency sent three vessels to the scene. She says they raised the tug to the surface and refloated it Wednesday afternoon.

She says there's no obvious sign of damage to the tug, which will be examined to see what repairs are needed.

The tug was in about 37 feet of water.