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Press Release | Nov. 7, 2023

Tug crew frees American Courage, freighter that ran aground in St. Clair River

DETROIT — The American Courage, a 617-foot lake freighter that ran aground in the St. Clair River this morning at 7:21 a.m. local, was successfully refloated around 7 p.m. with the help of towing vessels from Great Lakes Towing.

The American Courage is anchored north of Marine City in the St. Clair River and is expected to dock at Marine City between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Nov. 8. There were no injuries to crew members or those that responded and no pollution was observed or reported.

The Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Detroit will verify the proper position of all aids to navigation affected and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct an underwater survey to verify channel depth and to determine if there are any impacts from the grounding.

To report a person in distress or the need for search and rescue, contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Operations Center 24-hours a day at 313-568-9560.