Freighter Freed After Being Grounded in Harbor Along Lake Superior

The freighter that was grounded in Duluth-Superior Harbor in Duluth, Minnesota is now free after a rise in water level in the harbor.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the 990-foot motor vessel American Spirit ran aground around 4:30 Sunday afternoon.

We spoke with the captain, who says he was not on board when the freighter ran aground.

He doesn’t believe the vessel was damaged, and the Coast Guard says there are no reported injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit will search for signs of pollution in the area.

The American Spirit also ran aground in Northern Michigan back in 2014, when it was stuck in the Round Island Channel near Mackinac Island.