U.S. Coast Guard

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say crews have finished capping and sealing two electric cables that were severed by a suspected boat anchor strike in the Straits of Mackinac. 

A team of investigators led by the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday the cables owned by American Transmission Co. were returned to the bottom of the Straits.

The company is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a plan to remove them.

Straits cables to be capped

Apr 26, 2018
U.S. Coast Guard

MACKINAW CITY, MI (MPRN)--   The Coast Guard is developing a plan to cap two ruptured cables that leaked roughly 600 gallons of dielectric fluid into the Straits of Mackinac.

Coast Guard officials say an investigation into the break is ongoing but Attorney General Bill Schuette filed suit last week against a tug and barge company for dragging an anchor across the lines.

A remotely operated vehicle was sent to the straits to survey the lines and found they were completely severed.

Anchor could be to blame for Straits leak

Apr 12, 2018

MACKINAW CITY, MI--   Authorities are trying to determine whether an anchor strike may be responsible for synthetic fluid leaking into the Straits of Mackinac. 

An electric transmission line could have sustained damage from a ship’s anchor, causing the leak. A report also says the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline under the Straits shows signs it may have been hit several times by an anchor.

The news prompted Governor Rick Snyder to urge Enbridge to accelerate replacement of older pipelines, including the 65-year-old Line 5.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Coast Guard, in coordination with local, state and federal partners, is working with the American Transmission Company to respond to a leak from a utility line in the Straits of Mackinac, approximately two miles west of the Mackinac Bridge.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to begin icebreaking operations in northwestern Lake Michigan. 

The cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay are scheduled to begin work Tuesday on Green Bay. It's part of the annual spring mission of clearing a path for shipments of fuel products to the Port of Green Bay.

Officials say operations will take place in areas used by recreational users. Among them will be the Fox River Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Menominee River Entrance and the waters of Little Bay de Noc near Escanaba.

MILWAUKEE, WI--   The U.S. Coast Guard continues to break ice in the Bay of Green Bay.

During Operation Taconite ice breaking transits will increase in frequency the first three weeks of this month. Tracks will be established and maintained from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River, to include Marinette/Menominee and Sturgeon Bay.

The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels.

UPDATE, 8/20/17:  The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday, pending further information or developments.


MILWAUKEE, WI--   The Coast Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local agencies are searching for a kayaker who went missing Saturday in Green Bay near Horseshoe Island off of Peninsula State Park. 

DETOUR VILLAGE, MI--   A U.S. Coast Guardsman who lost his life more than 46 years ago while serving at the DeTour Reef Lighthouse was honored Thursday.

Members of area Coast Guard units and the DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society held a ceremony in DeTour Village for Don Ashley, Jr., 22, of Green Bay. He was making a trip on March 30, 1971 from the lighthouse to the village to retrieve supplies and another coast guardsman when his 16-foot boat capsized in icy conditions. A large wave washed over Ashley and he never resurfaced. His remains were never recovered.

Vessel grounded in St. Marys River freed

Aug 14, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The cargo vessel Calumet, a 629-foot ship that ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island Wednesday, was re-floated Friday, at approximately 8:50 PM, after the Coast Guard approved a salvage plan submitted by the vessel’s owner.  

The St. Marys River, which had been closed to commercial vessel traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point following the grounding, was reopened at 9:30 p.m. Friday after the Army Corp of Engineers surveyed the bottom of the river in the vicinity of the grounding and found that no debris was obstructing the channel.

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard reports the 629-foot Calumet ran aground on the northern side of Sugar Island Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. It wasn’t carrying any cargo. 

The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.

Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.