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WOLFE ISLAND, Ontario — A tugboat towing two empty barges was freed and being escorted downriver Saturday morning after running aground near the east end of Wolfe Island about 6:40 a.m. Thursday.

St. Lawrence Seaway officials said no fuel leaks were reported but about three gallons of hydraulic fluid from tugboat Echo II’s rudder area leaked into the river.

The tug is owned by the Quebec-based marine services company Ocean Group. The news that the tug was freed was posted Saturday on the blog The Ship Watcher, which also reported that the tug had sustained damage. Efforts Saturday to reach Seaway officials weren’t successful.

Andrew Bogora, a spokesman for the Canadian Seaway Management Corp., said Thursday that no one was injured and that the grounding off “Quebec Head” of the island was not a threat to the environment.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

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