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CG icebreaker damaged in collision with freighter

Jan. 6, 2014 - 04:45PM   |  
USCGC Hollyhock involved in collision with 990-foo
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Port Huron, Mich., continues breaking ice as it transits to St. Ignace, Mich., to undergo a full damage assessment after the Hollyhock was involved in a collision with the 990-foot motor vessel Mesabi Miner in Lake Michigan on Jan. 5. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read/Coast Guard)
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A crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock surveys the damaged stern of the cutter on Jan. 6. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read/Coast Guard)

MACKINAW CITY, MICH. — The Coast Guard said one of its icebreakers sustained significant damage in a collision with a freighter in the Straits of Mackinac. No injuries are reported.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Showalter said the accident happened at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, which links Michiganís Upper and Lower peninsulas.

Showalter said the 225-foot cutter Hollyhock was breaking ice when it hit a hard spot in the ice. He said the 990-foot Mesabi Miner hit the Hollyhockís stern.

He said the Mesabi Mine sustained damage to its bow.

Showalter said the Mesabi Mine was hauling iron ore to Gary, Ind.

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