Ice Fishermen Clear Bay To Let Freighter Pass 12-15-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Ice Fishermen Clear Bay To Let Freighter Pass 12-15-2010

The U.S. Coast Guard said a massive Great Lakes freighter made it out of the Saginaw River and into the bay Wednesday evening, wary to not disrupt the ice where dozens of fishing shanties have been set up.
The U.S. Coast Guard confirms the M/V Algoway, a 650 foot freighter, was leaving the Essrock dock in Essexville when crew members became concerned about making the bay ice unstable for ice fishermen on the water.
Ice fisherman were asked to leave the ice so that the ship could head to open water.
The Coast Guard said a tug boat accompanied the vessel and both blew their whistles in warning. Consumers Energy also used a loud speaker system to verbally warn the fishermen.
Authorities said all of the shanties and fishermen moved out of the ship's way without incident.
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