Iced-in waterways become “horror show” across U.S.

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Boats have become trapped in ice in the Northeast as record cold weather plagues the region and the ice continues to wreak havoc on waterfront infrastructure.

Iced waterways near Boston caused a commuter ferry carrying more than 100 passengers to be delayed by about 45 minutes by a coastal ice pack on Feb. 20.

For the second time in two weeks, icy waters off Cape Cod, Mass., stranded a fishing boat, prompting a 49-foot Coast Guard boat to break ice to free the vessel. Last Friday, the Coast Guard also freed a 69-foot fishing boat trapped in ice, according to CBS Boston.

A blanket of thick ice also has spread across the Great Lakes for the second consecutive winter, posing hardships for shippers and crews aboard Coast Guard ice-breaking vessels, but also creating spectacular scenery along shorelines, the Associated Press reported.

Waterways in the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water.

Scott Werner, of Portland, Maine, said the winter has been “a horror show” for him and other lobster fishermen.

Werner told the Associated Press that the ice has prevented him from getting his boat out to fish in recent weeks, cutting into his ability to make money in the already slow winter lobster season.