Algobay refloated in St. Lawrence Seaway

CLEVELAND – The Canadian vessel Algobay, which ran hard aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway Sunday, was successfully refloated at 10 p.m., July 6, 2010. The vessel proceeded to Prescott, Ontario to offload its cargo of corn.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation worked with Canadian officials to develop a plan which utilized two tugs, the Wilf Seymour and the Ecosse, and Algobay’s own power to remove the 740-foot vessel from the shoal.

No pollution or injuries were reported.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay provided a 100-yard safety zone around the vessel during the operation.

The grounding of the Algobay is under investigation and the cause will not be known until the investigation is complete.

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