Supplies sent to crew on grounded freighter in U.P. bay

Associated Press

Sault Ste. Marie — A tugboat has brought food, water and other supplies to crew members on a grounded freighter in Whitefish Bay off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

MLive.com reports Wednesday that Soo Marine Supply Inc. made two, three-hour trips to the Roger Blough, which ran aground Friday on a reef. The U.S. Coast Guard is working to free the roughly 850-foot freighter.

Soo Marine Supply normally supplies the vessel near the Soo Locks. The company’s tugboat made the supply runs to the grounded freighter Saturday and Tuesday on the U.S.-Canada border.

Meanwhile, divers are checking the vessel’s hull for damage. Authorities are investigating what caused the grounding.

It’s not known when the freighter will be freed.