NTSB: Dredge hit Texas gas pipeline, causing fire that killed four

NTSB: Dredge hit Texas gas pipeline, causing fire that killed four

Four crewmembers died and at least six others were injured when the dredge Waymon L. Boyd became engulfed in fire while working in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. State and federal agencies are still investigating the incident, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believes the 152-foot cutterhead suction dredge struck a submerged gas pipeline. The impact ignited a massive…
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Casualty Briefs – December/January 2021

Casualty Briefs – December/January 2021

Seamanship errors, fatigue cited in fatal collision of destroyer The 2017 collision of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the containership ACX Crystal stemmed from failures by the Navy ship’s bridge team in the minutes leading to impact, federal investigators said. Seven American sailors were killed. Specifically, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Fitzgerald’s bridge crew failed “to take early and…
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Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator’s oversight failures

Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator’s oversight failures

Before dawn on Sept. 2, 2019, a crewman aboard the dive boat Conception awoke to a strange sound. He investigated and found the vessel’s salon compartment, one deck below, aglow with fire. He awoke four co-workers sleeping nearby, and together they attempted to reach the 34 people sleeping below deck. Flames and intense heat on the main deck made the…
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Key NTSB findings

• Most of the victims on Conception were awake but could not escape the bunk room before all were overcome by smoke inhalation. • The source of ignition was not confirmed, although the electrical distribution system of the vessel, unattended batteries being charged and improperly discarded smoking materials were the most likely sources. • Interconnected smoke detectors in all accommodation…
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Tour boat holed, takes on water in Thousand Islands grounding

Tour boat holed, takes on water in Thousand Islands grounding

Island Queen III was on a cruise in the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River when it made contact with the bottom, causing enough damage to flood the vessel’s steering compartment. No injuries were reported, but an investigation revealed safety deficiencies involving life jackets and evacuation procedures. Not long after departing Kingston, Ontario at 1237 on Aug. 8,…
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Workboat capsizes during Louisiana oil spill exercise, killing two

Workboat capsizes during Louisiana oil spill exercise, killing two

A workboat that capsized and sank during a boom deployment exercise on the Lower Mississippi River, killing both people on board, turned broadside to the current moments before it rolled over.  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators could not explain why MSRC 8-1 maneuvered abreast to the fast-moving river at mile 18 near Boothville, La., on Jan. 16, 2019. The…
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Sandy Hook pilot dies after fall while boarding oil tanker

Sandy Hook pilot dies after fall while boarding oil tanker

Sandy Hook pilot fell while boarding an oil tanker at the entrance to New York Harbor and later died at a Staten Island hospital. The incident, which occurred at about 2230 on Aug. 5, was the second fatality in eight months involving a member of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association. Capt. Timothy Murray, 40, of Malverne, N.Y., was climbing aboard Eagle…
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