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'Unprecedented' ice strands freighter on Muskegon Lake

Dec 17, 2013 10:39 AM

The tugboat Meredith Ashton assists the 635-foot Buffalo, allowing it to deliver its load of coal

The coal freighter Buffalo, top, departs a power plant in Muskegon, Mich., on Monday after being assisted by the tug Meredith Ashton, foreground.

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The coal freighter Buffalo, top, departs a power plant in Muskegon, Mich., on Monday after being assisted by the tug Meredith Ashton, foreground.

(MUSKEGON, Mich.) — A tugboat came to the aid of a coal freighter Monday after unusually thick early-season ice prevented the ship from making a delivery on Muskegon Lake, WZZM reported. The freighter Buffalo became stuck in the ice 2,000 feet from Consumer Energy's B.C. Cobb plant. The tug Meredith Ashton, equipped with 2,100-hp twin diesel engines, broke through the ice and allowed Buffalo to reach its destination.

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