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Damaged Cutter Expected to be Repaired in Duluth Monday

Updated: 04/06/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 04/04/2014 9:49 PM WDIO.com

The crew of the USCGC Morrow Bay said on Sunday that the ice-breaking tug will be undergoing repairs on Monday.

The Morrow Bay suffered a rudder casualty while breaking ice near Thunder Bay on March 27, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 140-foot cutter was towed into Duluth's port last week, and was initially scheduled to be repaired by an in-water repair team on Sunday and Monday, according to officials.

On Sunday, Morrow Bay Engineer David Auslender said the dive crew was not coming until Monday morning. He said the crew was spending the day catching up on preventative maintenance work, and that they were eager to get back out on Lake Superior.

Divers and engineers have discovered five out of six bolts that held the rudder in place were lost, but have not discovered exactly what caused the damage. 

"If repairs go as expected, the cutter crew expects to be back underway immediately to resume ice breaking on the Great Lakes," said a statement from Ninth Coast Guard District.

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