Lake St. Clair Fishing Boat Sunk By 400-Foot Ship
Bob McNally 06.06.17
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a collision between a 17-foot recreational boat and a 406-foot cargo vessel in Lake St. Clair approximately two miles offshore east of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. The master of the involved cargo vessel, the Esta Desgagnes, a Canadian-flagged vessel home-ported in Quebec, Canada, immediately hailed the Coast Guard o report the collision and that the operator of the recreational vessel was in the water.
A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores launched a response boat and found the operator of the recreational boat clinging to a buoy. He was uninjured, but his boat was damaged and sank just outside the channel.
U.S. Coast Guard investigators are currently investigating the cause of the collision. The Coast Guard reminds the boating public to stay well clear of cargo vessels on the Great Lakes and river systems. These large vessels are typically restricted in their maneuverability due to their deep drafts and can only operate in marked navigational channels.