Freighters get St. Clair River escort due to ice

Coast Guard crews are working to provide Great Lakes freighters with a safe escort through ice on the St. Clair River.

Lt. Jillian Lamb, command center chief for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that convoys are required for commercial vessels due to ice on the river that connects Lake Huron with Lake St. Clair.

Lamb says U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard officials are in regular contact with vessels, coordinating groups to be escorted by an ice breaker.

Four ice breakers, including two from the U.S. and two from Canada, are working from the western basin of Lake Erie to the southern part of Lake Huron.