Recreation boat sank after collision with chemical tanker Esta Desgagnes in Lake St Clair on 2 nautical miles east off Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA. Following the accident the skipper of the boat fell in water. The master of chemical tanker reported the accident immediately to local authorities and US Coast Guard via VHF. At the scene was sent rescue boat, which found the operator of the recreational vessel was in the water, clinging to a buoy. Fortunately he was not injured and rescue operation complete successfully. However, the 17-foot recreational boat sank outside the waterway. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident and started monitoring of the area of sinking for oil leaks and water pollution.
The responsibilities for the collision will be assessed later. The chemical tanker did not suffered damaged and there was no immediate danger for her seaworthiness. The ship was released to return in service shortly later and successfully docked at Oakville, Canada.
The chemical tanker Esta Desgagnes (IMO: 9040077) has overall length of 123.74 m, moulded beam of 17.70 m and maximum draft of 8.10 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 10,511 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,262 GRT. The tanker was built in 1992 and operate under the flag of Canada.