Barge sinks in Lake Huron, spilling diesel fuel

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The U.S. Coast Guard says diesel fuel from a barge that sank in stormy Lake Huron has reached the Michigan shoreline.

A 110-foot dredging barge sank early Thursday, and the tug pushing it overturned, spilling an unknown amount of diesel fuel.

No injuries have been reported.

The Coast Guard released photos Thursday evening showing a sheen from the spill on the shore near Lakeport State Beach, about 65 miles northeast of Detroit.

The agency says waves and wind are delaying cleanup efforts.

The barge's owner says it can carry 8,000 gallons of fuel and had 1,500 gallons when it sank. It's unknown how much fuel has escaped.


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