MANITOWOC, Wis. (WOOD) - Employees from the S.S. Badger say normal services will resume Saturday morning in Ludington.
The ferry ran into some trouble Thursday at it approached the harbor in Manitowoc after leaving its home port in Ludington, Mich., on its first trip of the season. The boat ran into a sediment sandbar. A piston ring broke on one of the ferryboat's engines, making it nearly impossible for the Badger to navigate to its moorings.
It took about two hours for a tugboat captain from Sturgeon bay to arrive in Manitowoc and guide the ferryboat to the docks. For 300 passengers, a four-hour trip across Lake Michigan turned into a seven-hour tour.
Employees told 2 4 Hour News 8 that people who were bumped either Thursday or Friday should call to get a credit.
The repaired ferry is expected to be back in Ludington Friday around 5:30 p.m. ready for operation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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