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Canadian, U.S. coast guards kept busy breaking ice

CBC Windsor's Nick Boisvert climbed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Bristol Bay, spent the day breaking ice, shot video and put together a photo gallery.
CBC Windsor's Nick Boisvert climbed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Bristol Bay and spent the day breaking ice. 1:46

The Canadian and American coast guards are working to re-open shipping channels along the Great Lakes.

In these early days of spring, they still have their work cut out for them.

John Henry is the captain of the Bristol Bay, a 43-metre icebreaking tug boat with the U-S Coast Guard, says this year is actually worse than last.

"Comparatively speaking, the southern half of the lakes, the Lake Erie portion, the river system here near Detroit and Lake St. Clair were hit a lot harder than last year, so in this little area, we've definitely had a lot more work to do and we've been gainfully employed ever since the beginning of January just keeping this section moving," Henry said.

The U.S. Coast Guard is now working to flush out ice jams at the mouth of the St. Clair River.

CBC Windsor's Nick Boisvert climbed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Bristol Bay and shot the video above and put together this photo gallery below:

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