Archive of: Injuries / Fatalities

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Tennessee towboat sinks after mayday, killing both men aboard

Tennessee towboat sinks after mayday, killing both men aboard

One crewman died and another is missing and presumed dead after a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn.

March 2018
NTSB: Victims in Alaska sinking weren’t prepared for emergency

NTSB: Victims in Alaska sinking weren’t prepared for emergency

Barely two hours after leaving Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for nearby Akutan Island, the uninspected freighter Exito began listing to starboard.

March 2018
NTSB’s El Faro findings emphasize captain’s errors as risk increased

NTSB’s El Faro findings emphasize captain’s errors as risk increased

El Faro Capt. Michael Davidson should have done more to avoid Hurricane Joaquin, and after the ship lost propulsion he should have prepared crew sooner to abandon the crippled vessel, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined.

February 2018
Explosion kills two crewmen on Bouchard oil barge off Texas

Explosion kills two crewmen on Bouchard oil barge off Texas

Two crewmen died after a loaded oil barge exploded in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Aransas, Texas.

February 2018
Coast Guard’s El Faro report cites captain’s errors, TOTE violations

Coast Guard’s El Faro report cites captain’s errors, TOTE violations

The U.S. Coast Guard’s report on the El Faro disaster identified key failings by Capt. Michael Davidson and ship operator TOTE Maritime, as well as shortcomings in the Coast Guard’s oversight of third-party inspections.

December/January 2018
Coast Guard's final El Faro memo: 'This is a call to action'

Coast Guard's final El Faro memo: 'This is a call to action'

The document outlines steps to 'zealously recommit' to the safety of mariners

Web Bulletin 2017

Body recovered from sunken towboat in Memphis

Two men have been missing since the 66-foot Ricky Robinson sank Dec. 8

Web Bulletin 2017
NTSB: Captain's decisions, TOTE's poor oversight led to El Faro disaster

NTSB: Captain's decisions, TOTE's poor oversight led to El Faro disaster

Despite Michael Davidson's actions, 'that ship was not destined to sink,' the board's chairman says

Web Bulletin 2017

Two missing after towboat sinks in Tennessee

The 66-foot Ricky Robinson broadcast a mayday on the Mississippi River near Memphis

Web Bulletin 2017
NTSB: Misfiring cylinder led to fatal fire on Texas towboat

NTSB: Misfiring cylinder led to fatal fire on Texas towboat

The Admiral was moored when the starboard main engine oversped and exploded

Web Bulletin 2017
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