UPDATE: Grounded freighter freed from Detroit River shipping channel

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Tugboats work to free the freighter Harvest Spirit that turned sideways and grounded in the Livingstone Channel of the Detroit River between Grosse Ile, Mich., and Bob-Lo Island, Canada, Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020. (Andy Morrison/Detroit News via AP)

Update: 12/4

DETROIT (AP) — A 500-foot freighter that became stuck and blocked a Detroit River shipping channel has been freed.

The U.S. Coast Guard says in a release that the Harvest Spirit was refloated Thursday afternoon.

The vessel lost propulsion Wednesday morning and ran aground in the Livingstone Channel on the Canadian side of the river, about 19 miles south of Detroit.

Some Great Lakes shipping traffic was slowed.

Another ship struck the bottom while trying to avoid the freighter.

That contributed to a logjam of cargo-hauling vessels along the waterway.

The Coast Guard says 18 people were aboard the Canadian-flagged Harvest Spirit, After being freed, the freighter anchored Thursday night on the U.S. side of the river while awaiting inspection.

Original: 12/3

DETROIT (AP) — A freighter has become stuck in a Detroit River channel, slowing some shipping between the Great Lakes.

The Harvest Spirit ran aground Wednesday morning on the Canadian side of the river, about 19 miles south of Detroit.

It was sideways and blocking the Livingstone Channel. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jeremiah Schiessel told The Detroit News that the vessel apparently experienced some sort of lube oil failure and starting drifting.

Tugboats were called in late Wednesday.

Another ship struck the bottom while trying to avoid the freighter. That contributed to a logjam of cargo-hauling vessels along the waterway.

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