Yacht strikes seawall guard rail along Detroit riverfront

No injuries reported

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A large boat struck the seawall guardrail overnight Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 along the Detroit riverfront.

DETROIT – A large yacht struck the seawall guardrail overnight Tuesday along the Detroit riverfront.

The rail was badly damaged along the Riverwalk near the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit. About 30 feet of dock was damaged, Detroit police said.

The U.S. Coast Guard did catch up to the boat, named “Valara VI,” a little further up the Detroit River. It’s an 80-foot yacht that was headed toward the Ambassador Bridge.

No injuries have been reported.

It’s unclear what caused the boat to slam into the wall. Police said an initial report indicates the captain, a 61-year-old man, may have fallen asleep.

A 57-year-old man also was on the boat at the time of the collision.

A large boat struck the seawall guard rail along the Detroit River on Nov. 20, 2019. (WDIV)