Coast Guard and firefighters respond to sunken tug encased in ice

SAGINAW, Mich. - The 65-foot tug Ann Marie sank and became encased in ice overnight Dec. 12, 2010, in Saginaw Bay, Mich. Coast Guard and local fire department responders are working with representatives from the company that owns the tug to develop salvage plans. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector Detroit and firefighters from a Saginaw, Mich., fire department are at the scene of a sunken tug boat partially encased in ice in Saginaw Bay today and are working with the tug company’s representatives to develop a salvage plan.

Representatives from Bay Aggregate, the company that owns the Ann Marie, found the 65-foot tug sunk upright at the company’s pier under a rainbow sheen at 8:15 a.m.

The tug reportedly has about 2,500 gallons of diesel oil on board.

Inclement weather is preventing the Frankfort, Mich.-based Bay Aggregate personnel from traveling to the scene, but they are working with Coast Guard and fire department responders over the phone to identify salvage plans.

The cause of the sinking is unknown.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to take extra precautions in preparation for severe weather.

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