- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Two U.S. Coast Guard cutters have helped an oil barge break free of thick ice on the Hudson River at West Point.

The Coast Guard’s Staten Island station says it was notified around 3 a.m. Wednesday that the tugboat Maryland and the barge it was pushing were stuck in the ice near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 50 miles north of New York City.

The cutters Line and Willow arrived by 10 a.m. and a commercial tug was also brought in to assist. The cutters broke up ice while the commercial tug freed the Maryland and the barge, which was hauling nearly 27,000 barrels of home heating oil to Newburgh.

Coast Guard cutters break ice along the Hudson to keep shipping channels open to Albany for barges carrying heating oil and road salt.

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