Joint Coast Guard ice-breaking operations continue this week in both northern Georgian Bay and McGregor Bay.

The Canadian Coast Guard along with United States Coast Guard will be helping a tug and barge to a cement plant in Whitefish River First Nation.

While no current missions involve the Parry Sound Region, Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson Carol Launderville explains why Parry Sound is vital in keeping Great Lake waterways safe.

All ice-breaking operations on the Great Lakes are performed jointly by the Canadian and American Coast Guards.

It’s this cooperation that helped two freighters get out of a jam on Thursday December 28th near Sault Ste. Marie.

Photo supplied by Canadian Coast Guard

More ice-breaking operations for the CCGS Samuel Risley are planned for southern Georgian Bay near Midland between January 2nd and 4th.