Coast Guard responding to grounded freighter in Whitefish Bay

65 Traverse CitySAULT STE MARIE, Michigan — Coast Guard crews continue to respond to a grounded freighter in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.

The motor vessel Roger Blough, an 833 ft U.S. Cargo vessel, has run aground in the vicinity of Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior with reports of flooding.

All crew members are reported safe with no injuries. Crew reports no sign of pollution in the water.

Responding are boat crews from Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, Michgian, and Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Sault Ste Marie, and and air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan.

Coast Guard pollution responders, vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigator arrived on board the vessel to assess vessel damage and crew safety.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin,  has been dispatched to assist in on-going response operations.

The Coast Guard has issued a Captain of the Port Order for the Blough to maintain an on scene support boat until further notice.

The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and overseeing future salvage operations.

A Coast Guard response boat was scheduled to remain on scene throughout the night.

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