Freighter trapped in Lake Erie ice

A freighter remains trapped in the Lake Erie ice near Conneaut, Ohio.


CONNEAUT, Ohio (WKBN) – A Great Lakes freighter has been stuck in thick Lake Erie ice for days.

The crew of 10 aboard the Arthur M. Anderson freighter is about five miles from the Conneaut shore and has plenty of food and fuel.

One Coast Guard ice cutter that tried to rescue the freighter had to turn around because the ice was too thick.

The 140-foot ice cutter out of Detroit can cut through ice up to six feet thick but cannot cut through 10 feet of ice between Ashtabula and Conneaut.

It’s a situation that makes rescue tricky.

“You never know what is underneath. It is like an iceberg. Some of those chunks that we turned over are eight to 10 feet top to bottom,” said Lieutenant Commander John Henry, U. S. Coast Guard.

A Canadian crew has joined the effort this weekend to try and free the freighter.

Once the Arthur Anderson is free, it will have to find another port to dock in because there’s too much ice in Conneaut and Ashtabula.

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