Coast Guard, NTSB to convene formal hearing on fatal Bounty sinking

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:

WHO: Members of the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board

WHAT: Is scheduled to convene a formal hearing regarding the sinking of the Tall Ship Bounty

WHEN: Feb. 12 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center at 425 Water Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The Coast Guard will convene a formal hearing Feb. 12 to Feb. 21 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center to investigate the sinking, with multiple loss of life, of the Tall Ship Bounty, which occurred Oct. 29.

The investigation will examine the facts and circumstances relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also participating in the investigation, and they can make recommendations on issues to consider, identify and examine witnesses and submit or request additional evidence in the course of the investigation.

The Tall Ship Bounty sank approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. The Coast Guard searched for 90 hours, covering 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles after receiving a distress call.

By Professional Mariner Staff