Report: Coast Guard's deadly accidents highlight lapses in safety, leadership

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(EMERYVILLE, Calif.) — Documents and accident data reviewed by The Center for Investigative Reporting reveal lapses in judgment and missed opportunities by the Coast Guard to strengthen safety standards and protect crewmembers and civilians, the nonprofit CIR reported. Between 2000 and 2013, the Coast Guard witnessed sharp increases in accidents causing death, injury and equipment damage. Former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, who retired in May, said the increase came during a change in missions since 9/11 for the Coast Guard, which the public mainly has seen as search-and-rescuers.

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By Professional Mariner Staff