Archive of: Injuries / Fatalities

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TSB: Large wave caused BC tour boat accident that killed six

TSB: Large wave caused BC tour boat accident that killed six

Canadian authorities have determined that a “large breaking wave” caused a whale-watching boat to capsize in 2015 off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing six people.

September 2017
NTSB cites inadequate manning, fatigue in fatal sinking of NY tug

NTSB cites inadequate manning, fatigue in fatal sinking of NY tug

Before dawn on a late winter morning, Specialist and two other tugboats approached the site of the new Tappan Zee Bridge with a massive crane barge in tow.

August 2017
Final El Faro hearings focus on flooding that likely doomed ship

Final El Faro hearings focus on flooding that likely doomed ship

Seawater likely entered El Faro from multiple locations, according to a report presented during the third and final round of Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearings that also described a “plausible sequence” preceding the ship’s sinking.

May 2017
NTSB cites ‘ill-advised’ downstreaming in fatal towboat sinking

NTSB cites ‘ill-advised’ downstreaming in fatal towboat sinking

The relief captain aboard Ricky J Leboeuf took the controls from the steersman as the towboat approached a San Jacinto River fleeting area.

May 2017

Operator dies when boom boat sinks at British Columbia lumber mill

The captain of a small tugboat died when his vessel sank in a log booming ground near Kelowna, British Columbia.

May 2017
NTSB: ‘Downstreaming’ in swift current led to fatal capsizing

NTSB: ‘Downstreaming’ in swift current led to fatal capsizing

Federal investigators cited a fleet boat captain’s decision to “downstream” toward an approaching line-haul tow in swift water as a leading factor in a fatal Mississippi River capsizing.

February 2017
TSB: Crew’s response not coordinated in passenger overboard incident

TSB: Crew’s response not coordinated in passenger overboard incident

When a passenger fell off an excursion ship in Humber Bay near Toronto, Ontario, and drowned on June 13, 2015, the crew’s emergency response was not coordinated, according to Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

February 2017

Injured man medevaced from containership in Gulf

The Coast Guard reports the man suffered a hand injury aboard E.R. Calais

Web Bulletin 2016

Tanker crewmen medevaced after being hit by pressurized object

One man suffers a head injury in the incident aboard United Ambassador

Web Bulletin 2016
Coast Guard: Captain dozed off before tour boat hit pier

Coast Guard: Captain dozed off before tour boat hit pier

Two passengers on Spirit of Baltimore were hospitalized; the captain was fired

Web Bulletin 2016
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