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U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Travers City responds to the American Mariner marine casualty in Munuscong Lake, Michigan, March 28, 2024. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Travers City responds to the American Mariner marine casualty in Munuscong Lake, Michigan, March 28, 2024. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

US-Flag Laker Suffers ‘Marine Casualty’ in Michigan

Mike Schuler
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March 28, 2024

A U.S.-flagged cargo vessel, the American Mariner, collided with the Mud Lake Junction Light in Munuscong Lake, Michigan, earlier today.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that the 714-foot bulk cargo ship experienced a “marine casualty” that led to the incident around 1 a.m. this morning. The ship was not transporting any cargo.

AIS data shows the ship is “stopped.”

The crew on board reported no injuries as a result of the incident. The ship is currently anchored and the crew has confirmed that the incident has not caused any pollution in the area.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern Great Lakes is responding to the accident. The response team comprised of boats from Station Sault Ste. Marie, a helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, which is homeported in Sault Ste. Marie.

In the interest of safety, the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service has temporarily closed the St. Marys River from Nine Mile Point to Point Aux Frenes until the American Mariner can be safely relocated from the channel.

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