North Georgian Bay may be unsafe after passage of icebreaker

MCGREGOR BAY–The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley and the United States Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay have cleared a passage through the ice of northern Georgian Bay to McGregor Bay this week to facilitate the safe transit of a commercial ship.

The ships transit through the main channel from Lake Huron into Georgian Bay, through the North Channel to enter McGregor Bay. Any ice on this route should be considered unsafe and the Coast Guard advises everyone to stay clear. New fallen snow can quickly cover icebreaker tracks resulting in a well-camouflaged and dangerous open water area. Tracks can remain open long after the ships have departed the area.

The Canadian and United States Coast Guards work in full co-operation on the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay.

For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard’s Icebreaking program, please visit: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Ice_Who_We_Are.