Ship carrying taconite taking on water after underwater collision near Isle Royale

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NEAR ISLE ROYALE — The Michipicoten, a 689-foot laker, has taken on water after a collision with something under water on Lake Superior, 35 miles southwest of Isle Royale.

The U.S. Coast Guard, sharing the information on its USCG Great Lakes account on the social media platform X, said the incident happened at 6:53 a.m. Saturday and that 22 people were on board.

The Coast Guard also said a helicopter from Traverse City, Michigan and boat crews from Bayfield were on their way to the scene.

In updates on X, the Coast Guard said pumps operating on the Michipicoten have reduced the listing of the vessel from the initial report of 15 degrees to 5 degrees and that the ship is carrying taconite.

There are pumps on the ship to displace some water and there are currently no signs of spillage, according to the Coast Guard. The Edwin H. Gott is also on its way to the Michipicoten.

No injuries have been reported.

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