Rough water interrupts recovery of sunken barge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Rough water interrupts recovery of sunken barge
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(AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says rough seas have temporarily halted its efforts to salvage a partially sunken dredging barge in southern Lake Huron.

Crews are trying to refloat 110-foot barge Arthur J, which went down in a storm last Thursday about a mile from the Michigan shore near Lakeport.

A 38-foot tugboat that capsized at the same time was recovered and towed to port over the weekend.

But a Coast Guard statement Monday says efforts to retrieve the barge have been stalled by strong winds and choppy waters.

Lt. Justin Westmiller said the Guard hopes to try again Tuesday but it may be Wednesday before the operation can resume.

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