Hammond Bay

U.S. Coast Guard

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. 

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.

ASSOCIATED PRESS - Authorities say a tug boat owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has sunk while being towed in the upper St. Marys river.
            The U.S. Coast Guard says no one was aboard the ‘Hammond Bay,’ which went down in the waterway between the U-P and Canada.
            The Coast Guard says it was notified early Monday that the crew of the tug boat ‘Bill Maier,’ which was towing three barges and the Hammond Bay, lost sight of the tug boat. The crew found an oil sheen on the water and a Hammond Bay life ring.