Sen. Blumenthal tours CT River aboard U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — A U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter brought in from Boston Harbor is working in tandem with two other boats to break up potentially dangerous ice jams on the Connecticut River. 

The Pendant was called to help its New England neighbor on Saturday and made the hours-long journey south.

On Thursday, the crew began at sunrise, breaking up thick, jagged ice that’s clogging the river and threatening homes and businesses with flooding.

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Pendant worked in tandem with ice cutters from Connecticut and New Jersey.  The ice was so daunting, the steering broke on Connecticut’s ice cutter, forcing it to dock indefinitely.

“This is tough, this is tough ice and some of the more difficult ice I’ve seen,” officer in charge, Anthony Kaminski told News 8.

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The crew from Boston says they’re just happy to help a neighbor.

“It has got to be tough on the families with the flooding and  worrying about their homes,” Anthony Kaminski said. “We’re taking care of them by taking care of this.  We’d want someone to do the same for us if our homes were flooding.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal is now pushing for additional resources for Coast Guard crews.

“This ice cutter has captured the attention of Connecticut and our nation,” Sen. Blumenthal said. “It’s an example of our government and military helping us out of trouble.”

The senator added that the diverse work of the Coast Guard extends far beyond ice cutting.

“Whether it is on our rivers breaking ice or interdicting drugs or helping sailors, they are in bad weather as well as fair,” Senator Blumenthal added.

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