OPA said:3 people were killed last night in a 38 powerquest that hit a barge in anchor bay
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 38-foot power boat carrying five people crashed into a 120-foot barge in Belvidere Bay just off of Lake St. Clair, killing three passengers on the boat, authorities said.
Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said Sunday the crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday near MacRay Harbor. The barge had lights on it, but Hackel said the boat's operator may not have seen the barge in the dark.
"We're not really sure whether they didn't see it," Hackel said.
Hackel said two passengers died shortly after the crash, and a third died Sunday morning at a hospital. The department identified those killed as a man and two women: Joseph Lee Hamilton, 42, of Bloomfield Hills; Sawson Bell, 36, of Pontiac; and Kathleen O'Neill, 39, of Harrison Township.
Hackel said the two others on the boat were injured, including owner and operator Brian James Lepp, 38, of Troy. He said Lepp and Robert William Diegel, 39, of Macomb Township, were hospitalized Sunday in stable condition.
Both were expected to survive, Hackel said.
Hackel said the barge had been anchored in the water for some time as part of a dredging operation.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
Another boating-related death was reported over the weekend. Searchers in Iron County on Saturday found the body of Christopher Hogan, 48, of Iron Mountain in the Michigamme River, WLUC-TV and The Mining Journal of Marquette reported.
A search began a day earlier after a capsized fishing boat was reported to the sheriff's department.
Yes sir. No one wants to speculate now on the cause but regardless the captain must accept some responsibility. This captain survived and must live with this nightmare the rest of his life. I really hope alcohol doesn't end up being a factor. And, Tom, I'm sorry you lost a relative.Aggressor Tom said:
We are all responsible as boat captains when we take people out, this is what happens when we are not.
Well no big news but it seems that the barge was a dark color that blended into the water and tree line and was nearly impssible to see at night. They also said that it shouldn't have been so close to a busy channel and needed more lighting.CC said:Stay tuned: They just said on TV that the owners of the barge may face charges in this accident. Details at 5.