The 86-foot long passenger ship Diamond Belle became disabled while sailing on the Detroit River with 143 passengers and 6 crewmen. Smoke was detected in the engine room forcing the crew to shutdown the main diesel engine. The vessel had enough momentum to reach a private dock at East China, Michigan. The Diamond Belle droped its anchor and swung around and was able to moor itself. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Coast Guard working with the vessel owner, Diamond Jack’s River Tours, are investigating the incident.
The 80 meter long passenger ship Princess went aground on the Elbe River near Wittenberg, Germany. The Princess had 87 passengers and a crew of 18 when it became stuck in the river due to a low river tide of 1,30 meters. The passengers were transferred to the Lutherstadt Wittenberg and taken back to the harbour at Wittenberg. No reports of injuries. After unloading passengers, luggage, water ballast, and some assistance from a tug, the vessel was refloated. River traffic is closed due to the build up of sand caused by the Princess refloating. A dredger has been requested to reopen river traffic.