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UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard Investigates Why Their Tug Sank Earlier This Week

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells 9&10 News they just raised their sunken tug from the bottom of the St. Mary's River, near Sault Ste. Marie.

The Hammond Bay sank 27 feet underwater early Monday morning while being towed.

Nobody was on board at the time.

The Army Corps says the boat seems to be in good condition, and is floating on its own.

Besides some initial sheen found on the surface of the water, there is no other known leakage.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to salvage a tug boat that sank while being towed in the St. Marys river.

No one was on the Hammond Bay Tug Boat when it went down between the U.P. and Canada.

Today, crews will decide if the boat can be raised to investigate why it sank.

The tug boat sank Monday morning in 37 feet of water.


The U.S. Coast Guard is working to help clean up a sunken tug boat in an upper peninsula river.

The Sault Ste. Marie sector got a call around 3:30 this morning from the crew of the Tug Bill Maier who lost sight of the Tug Hammond Bay.

They found an oil sheen and a life ring from the lost vessel.

The tug itself was found a short time later in the middle of the St. Mary's River in 27 feet of water.

The Hammond Bay had 200 gallons of diesel fuel and 15 gallons of oil on board.

There is a safety zone set up around the area, and all boat traffic is being asked to stay away.