Grounded Freighter Freed From Lake St. Clair

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says a 656-foot freighter that ran aground in a shipping channel of Lake St. Clair has been freed and is en route to Montreal.

Lt. Commander Scott Smith said the Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged ship, was refloated early Tuesday. The freighter was temporarily anchored off Belle Isle in the Detroit River for inspections before being allowed to proceed.

The Coast Guard said it received notice early Sunday that the freighter was grounded near the Detroit River after its steering went out. The vessel is carrying more than 22,500 tons of wheat.

There was no leakage or any pollution problems resulting from the grounding, The Coast Guard said.

The shipping channel is now fully reopened to traffic.

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