TC and USCG conducting joint investigation of Laker that hit underwater object

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US and Canadian authorities are conducting investigations following an incident where the 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten collided with an underwater object and began taking on water in Lake Superior. The US Coast Guard responded after receiving a distress call from the vessel, reporting flooding southwest of Isle Royale. The ship, loaded with taconite, a type of iron ore, had half of its 22-person crew evacuated without any reported injuries. Currently anchored in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the vessel will remain there until deemed safe by Canadian authorities to proceed to a dock. Both the US Coast Guard and Transport Canada will undertake marine casualty investigations to determine the cause of hull damage, which may involve grounding, contact with a fixed or floating object, hull failure, or a combination thereof. There’s no indication that navigational channels were obstructed during the incident.

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