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U.S. Coast Guard Issues Fine Over Cruise Ship Grounding near Wyandotte

Aug. 25 incident results in $3,000 penalty to Miami-based cruise ship business, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a fine over the grounding of a Great Lakes cruise ship in the Detroit River near Wyandotte, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Coast Guard says it fined Miami-based V Ships Leisure USA $3,000.

The 216-foot Yorktown ran aground Aug. 25 near Wyandotte, and a tugboat from the Gaelic Tugboat Company, of Lincoln Park, freed it the next day, Wyandotte Patch said.

The Coast Guard reports there were no injuries to the 120 passengers on board, nor damage or pollution due to the grounding of the ship, which was headed to Cleveland.

The agency said its investigation determined the crewmember operating the Yorktown at the time "made serious errors in judgment due to his lack in waterway familiarization and understanding,” the Detroit Free Press reported. The Coast Guard also stated the crewmember did not have proper certification for the waters he was traveling.

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