Seven tugboats succeeded Sunday in unsticking a 579-foot coal-hauling Great Lakes freighter that was grounded for two days in the Detroit River south of Detroit.
The McKee Sons ran aground Friday near Grosse Ile while trying to dock at a DTE Energy Co. electrical power station.
"They broke it free," said U.S. Guard Lt. Justin Westmiller.
The freighter came from Cleveland with a load of 11,900 tons of coal and a crew of 17. It has a hauling capacity of 29,500 tons.
The Coast Guard said efforts to pull the freighter off the bottom resumed Sunday after a break for Christmas.
Westmiller said two more tugs joined the five already working. The ship was freed about 2:45 p.m. and docked at its destination a half hour later, he said.
The freighter is owned by Ohio-based Grand River Navigation and didn't sustain structural damage, Westmiller said.
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