Coast Guard investigation of barge / recreational boat collision in Michigan

The Coast Guard is investigating the casualty and death of a recreational boater who died on Monday when the fishing boat he was in was run over by a barge pushed by a towing vessel.  The engine of the boater had died and he and a companion were trying to get it restarted so that they could get out of the way of the barge.  The captain of the towing vessel has said he was unaware that the collision had even occurred. Police have said that an individual had called 911 to report seeing the boat floating upside-down in the water. The Coast Guard investigation will determine whether the barge should have had a lookout posted.  The Detroit News story is at this link.

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