Friday, December 15, 2006
The U-S Coast Guard and private contractors have devised a strategy for salvaging a tugboat grounded in Lake Superior. The 94-foot Seneca was being hauled to its home port in Duluth, Minnesota, from Sault Ste. Marie earlier this month when it broke loose in a storm. It was found partly sunk about 18 miles east of Grand Marais.Some fuel, paint and lube oil were removed before rough weather forced a halt this week. In a statement today from the district office in Cleveland, the Coast Guard said plans have been set for when operations can resume. Crews will enter the Seneca and remove as much of the remaining contents as possible. Then they'll try to dig a trench, pull the vessel to deeper water and haul it back to Sault Ste. Marie.