Ship collides with underwater object in Lake Superior, takes on water

A 689-foot ship collided with an underwater object early Saturday morning in Lake Superior and started taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard received a report of the incident at 6:53 a.m. from the Michipicoten bulk carrier when it was located about 35 miles southwest of Michigan's Isle Royale with 22 people on board.

The ship departed from Two Harbors, Minnesota, on Friday and was headed to Thunder Bay in Canada, according to MarineTraffic.com. It is currently carrying taconite, an iron-bearing sedimentary rock, according to the Coast Guard.

Pumps onboard are displacing some of the water entering the ship and there are currently no signs of spillage. The pumps reduced the listing of the vessel from the initially reported 15 degrees to 5 degrees.

Half of the 22-person crew has been removed from the ship, which is currently en route to a nearby port to complete inspections and repairs.

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

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michipicoten bulk carrier ship hits underwater object in Lake Superior