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Damaged icebreaker heads to St. John’s after repairs

Damaged icebreaker heads to St. John’s after repairs - image

BURGEO, N.L. – A damaged icebreaker was being towed off the south coast of Newfoundland on Monday night after divers completed a temporary repair to its hull.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Ann Harvey began taking on water Wednesday after it struck a rocky shoal near Burgeo in southwestern Newfoundland.

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Coast guard spokeswoman Jan Woodford said dive teams finished welding a steel plate over the 20-centimetre puncture in the ship’s hull on Monday, after weather caused some delays.

She said the vessel was under tow by the coast guard vessel Teleost from Connaire Bay bound for St. John’s.

Woodford said the trip is expected to take two days.

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Six divers will be on board the tow vessel in case further repairs are needed during the journey.

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