Coast Guard responds to two vessels beset by ice in St. Marys River

The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne BAy breaks ice on the St. Marys Rivefr.

Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay file photo

SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay crew is working to free the motor vessel Walter J. McCarthy from the ice in the up-bound Middle Neebish Channel of the St. Marys River, Thursday.

After freeing the Walter J. McCarthy, the Biscayne Bay will then break out the motor vessel Edgar B. Speer from the ice near Sawmill Point in the down-bound channel of the St. Marys River.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley is scheduled to arrive on scene at noon and will assist the Biscayne Bay with ice breaking operations.

Since the two vessels are currently stuck in the ice, up-bound and down-bound transits are currently restricted in the St. Marys River.

There are five vessels waiting to proceed down-bound and four vessels waiting to proceed up-bound in the St. Marys River.

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