Coast Guard raises sunken barge from Lake Huron

Crews re-floated barge that sunk during storm in Lake Huron

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LAKEPORT, Mich. - The U.S. Coast Guard said crews have salvaged a partially sunken dredging barge in southern Lake Huron that went down earlier this month in stormy weather.

Crews re-floated the 100-foot Arthur J early Monday and were taking it to a maintenance dock.

The Arthur J went down July 19 more than a mile from the Michigan shore near Lakeport, roughly 65 miles northeast of Detroit.

A 38-foot tugboat that capsized at the same time was recovered earlier.

The barge recovery operation stalled last week because of strong winds and choppy waters.

No one was hurt when the two vessels went down nearly six miles north of the entrance to the St. Clair River.

Some fuel escaped after the accident, leaving a sheen on the water that reached land.

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