Boat Sinking in the Duluth-Superior Harbor

Darren Danielson
Updated: January 10, 2019 05:12 PM

There was some unusual activity going on underneath the Blatnik Bridge on Thursday.  The U.S. Coast Guard launched a pollution mitigation effort because a trawling vessel, the A.E. Clifford is sinking in the ice.

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According to a shipping website,, the 45-foot Clifford was built as an ice breaker in 1947 but was later converted to a fishing tug.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Matt Stixrud says they put out protective harbor lining to make sure any leaked oil or gas won't escape into the harbor. "We also put some absorbent boom on the outside so when they lift the vessel up, it will help to collect any of the oil that comes off of it," he told WDIO News.

The Coast Guard sent divers down but have not yet determined why the vessel is sinking or who presently owns the boat.

They hope to have the recovery and pollution mitigation efforts completed by tomorrow.


Darren Danielson

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