The Great Lakes Coast Guard and others responded to a stranded passenger ferry in the Straits of Mackinac on Tuesday night.
In a tweet, USCG Great Lakes said a ferry from Star Line Ferry with passengers aboard “apparently lost steering off Mackinaw City while on its way from the island,” sometime around 6 p.m. on Tuesday night.
USCG said the ferry was currently “drifting slowly with the current and in no danger of grounding.”
An update posted at 8:40 p.m. said a local commercial vessel is enroute to transfer the passengers to St. Ignace.
And then, around 10 p.m., USCG said 144 passengers were transferred from the ferry to St. Ignace, while the four crew members stayed behind and waited for towing to arrive. A local commercial vessel that also serves Mackinac Island, the Senator, helped to transfer the passengers.
“Tonight’s incident can serve as a reminder that life on the Great Lakes is far from predictable,” said Lt. Tyler Carslgaard of Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “Fortunately good cooperation and simple precautions like making sure everyone on board was wearing a life jacket helped everyone get home safely.”
Passengers ferries are frequently passing through the Straits, from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island.