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Freighter near Brunswick freed

POSTED: July 11, 2007 5:02 a.m.

BRUNSWICK ‑ A Bulgarian-flagged freight vessel was safely re-floated Monday, two days after it grounded about nine miles east of the Brunswick harbor entrance, the Coast Guard said.

Three towing vessels from Savannah and Brunswick were contracted by the Coast Guard to assist in the emergency operation. They arrived shortly before high tide and soon had the 612-foot Koznitsa free from the shallow water about 4 p.m., the agency said.

The Koznitsa remained at anchor awaiting more thorough inspections to ensure there is no damage. If the inspection findings are acceptable, the vessel will be released and allowed to continue its initial voyage, the Coast Guard said.

The Koznitsa is owned by Navigation Maritime Bulgare and was headed to sea after loading grain products in Brunswick when it ran aground on Saturday. The cause of the grounding incident remains under investigation.

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