Coast Guard busy assisting ships in St. Clair River

CSL Assiniboine receives assistance from CCGS Samuel Risley. January 25, 2022 Photo by Walpole Island Fire Chief Charles Wright Sr.

Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) ice breakers have been busy assisting ships in the St. Clair River this week.

Spokesperson Lauren Solski said the bulk carrier CSL Assiniboine was being escorted by the Samuel Risley Tuesday.

“The ship became so closely surrounded by ice along the way that it was having difficulty moving,” said Solski. “The Samuel Risley freed the ship, and it is now moving up the St. Clair River.”

Solski said once that job, in the area of Walpole Island, was complete there were three other ships waiting for ice breaker assistance.

“All three ships are moving down the St. Clair River in a convoy with the assistance of both USCGC Bristol Bay and CCGS Samuel Risley.”

After a mild start to winter, the Canadian Coast Guard warned earlier this month that ice would form quickly in the river and lower Lake Huron area.

Photos and video of the Assiniboine receiving assistance were shared by Walpole Island Fire Chief Charles Wright Sr.