Friday Update: Tugs On The Way To Stuck Ship

Friday Update: Tugs On The Way To Stuck Ship

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Three tug boats were on their way Friday to the stranded cargo ship "Pacific Huron," which ran aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway late Wednesday night.

The Huron, a 623 foot bulk carrier vessel is aground between Fisher's Landing and Thousand Island Park after "losing propulsion," officials said.

The plan is to take some of the cargo of soybeans off the ship, lightening it enough so that it refloats, according to Lieutenant Commander Michael Gris of the U.S. Coast Guard, Buffalo Sector.

A barge will be used to carry the soybeans from the ship. The tugs are scheduled to arrive at the Huron between 4 and 5 AM Saturday morning.

Although the Huron isn't blocking shipping, officials want to get the ship back underway in the next couple of days. The Seaway is scheduled to close Sunday.

Gris said a joint command has been established, involving the Coast Guard, the owners of the ship, a salvage company an d the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. 

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