SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the 689-foot bulk carrier Michipicoten which started taking on water in Lake Superior, Grand Portage, Minnesota on Saturday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Northern Great Lakes received the report around 7 a.m. on Saturday morning was experiencing flooding while transiting southwest of Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

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Crews removed half of the 22-person crew from the vessel for safety. The bulk carrier is currently en route to a nearby port to complete inspections and effect repairs.

The cause of the flooding and any other damage to the vessel will be investigated once the situation is stabilized.

The bulk carrier Edwin H. Gott is currently alongside the Michipicoten, and U.S. Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and National Park Service vessels remain actively involved.