The U.S. Coast Guard was called out to Stannard Rock, northeast of Marquette on Friday night on an unknown search and rescue situation.
Upon arrival they found the integrated tug/barge, Victory, had mechanical problems with the tug barge connection. USCG crews battled the 15 to 20 knot winds and 12 foot waves to get to the Victory.
The tug barge Saginaw was called to help along with tug Anlian Lady.
The Victory is now enroute to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, being guided by the tug/barge Saginaw.
The barge was carrying 21,000 tons of iron ore and the Victory contained 8,500 gallons of diesel fuel. There was no damage to the Victory and no pollution was reported from the scene according to USCG Petty Officer, Keith Showalter, from Sector Soo Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay was dispatched but later turned around. Also a USCG helicopter was dispatched and assisted on the scene.