Cargo ship in Lake Superior collided with something underwater, Coast Guard says

The U.S. Coast Guard says a cargo ship in Lake Superior hit something underwater and began taking on water.

SAULT-STE. MARY, Mich. — A cargo ship in Lake Superior struck something underwater Saturday and began taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard’s Great Lakes District received information around 6:53 a.m. that a 689-foot-long (210-meter-long) vessel called Michipicoten had collided with something about 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the southwest of Isle Royale, part of the state of Michigan. The ship was carrying taconite, a low-grade iron ore, and had 22 people on board.

Water pumps on board began moving water, authorities said, and there were no signs that anything had spilled from the ship. By about 9:15 a.m., water pumps had reduced the cargo ship’s list from 15 degrees to 5 degrees, the Coast Guard said.

Helicopter and boat crews responded, the Coast Guard said.

Around 12:30 p.m., the coast guard said half of the people on board had been evacuated from the ship for safety reasons. The ship was en route to a port for inspection and repair.

Authorities say the cause of the collision will be investigated.

The collision occurred in the northwest part of the lake, which straddles the Canada-U.S. border and is the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area.

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