More than 30 stranded on Pelee Island ferry that ran aground in Lake Erie

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Canadian Press | Oct 12, 2012 12:01 PM ET | Last Updated: Oct 12, 2012 12:55 PM ET
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Jason Kryk / Postmedia News

KINGSVILLE, Ont. — Efforts have resumed to refloat a ferry that is stuck in Lake Erie near Kingsville, Ont., south of Windsor.

The Pelee Island ferry and its nearly three dozen passengers and crew have been stuck on a sandbar since Thursday afternoon.


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The Canadian Coast Guard said strong winds and large waves had made it unsafe to attempt an immediate rescue.

“The Canadian Coast Guard, due to high winds and poor weather, wasn’t able to evacuate the passengers off today (Thursday),” coast guard spokeswoman Carol Launderville told The Windsor Star Thursday evening.

“We’re going to try again in the morning, very early in the morning.”

“They are totally safe on board, there’s no danger, they have food and warmth so it’s a safe situation,” said Launderville.

The Coast Guard and a salvage company from Toledo, Ohio were expected to try to free the “Jiimaan” starting about 7:30 a.m. ET.

Owen Sound Transportation Co. president Susan Schremp says the ferry grounded due to low water levels not far from shore.

Schremp adds this is the first time the ferry has run aground for a reason other than mechanical failure.

Kingsville residents and passengers aboard the ferry are using Twitter to send out updates on the rescue attempt.

Read the full story from The Windsor Star…

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