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      Coast Guard cutter damaged in collision on Lake Michigan

      The Mesabi Miner suffered a puncture in its bow about 4 feet above the waterline during a collision with the Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock. Both were able to continue underway.

      The Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock was damaged in a collision with a 990-foot ship in Lake Michigan Sunday morning.

      Around 10:45 a.m., the Hollyhock, a 225-foot buoy tender out of Port Huron, was breaking ice in front of the boat Mesabi Miner when the collision occurred about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge.

      The crew of the Hollyhock reported significant damage to the stern, as well as punctures in the hull about 20-feet above the waterline. The other ship had a 12-inch crack in the bow about 4 feet above waterline, as well as the bow being pushed in about 8 to 12 inches.

      No injuries were reported and no pollution or flooding has occurred.

      The Hollyhock arrived in St. Ignace Sunday evening around 8:30 after being escorted by the cutter Biscayne Bay as a precaution. It will now undergo a damage assessment.

      The Mesabi Miner was on its way to Gary, Indiana and will be able to make the full trip.