Sunken Tugboat Stuck In Saginaw River

Authorities say a sunken tugboat will remain in the frigid Saginaw River until at least next week. U.S. Coast Guard officials tell The Bay City Times the 65-foot Ann Marie sunk this week, but isn’t going anywhere until a salvage plan for the 81-ton vessel is approved.

Lt. Justin Westmiller of the U.S. Coast Guard in Detroit says the salvage plan needs approval from the captain of port in Detroit, the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland and the Marine Center in Washington, D.C.

The boat owned by Frankfort-based Luedtke Engineering Co. was tied up for the winter and empty when it sank. Westmiller said following the sinking about 800 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the boat’s 5,000-gallon tank, which has been capped.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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